Future of Work leaves too many with casual work

Posted By TEU on Mar 31, 2016 | 1 comment

Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 10

The Labour Party’s Future of Work ideas do not do anything to create good, stable jobs says TEU national president Sandra Grey.

Labour’s Future of Work Commission released its Ten Big Ideas last week, which it says will shape Labour’s policy development before the 2017 election.

Only one of those ten ideas relates to people’s working conditions, and that one is about helping people find new jobs when they lose their old jobs.

Idea number five is to “establish a just transition for workers by creating a social partnership model and strong and flexible social and re-training programmes”.

Another of the commission’s ideas is to help provide a stable income for people through a limited trial of a universal basic income.

Grey says the Future of Work Commission needs to have a plan to give people decent, permanent, stable jobs that they and their families can rely on, rather than just accepting precarious, short-term jobs as a new reality.

“Having a government that creates a safety net for people who lose their job or have precarious, unreliable work is important,” says Grey, “but even more important is having a government that compels employers to offer good, stable jobs that working people and their families  can rely on without needing government subsidies.”

Buried within the commission’s paper on income security is the phrase ‘further strengthening of rights to collective bargaining’.

Grey says the Labour Party needs to focus on that bullet point, pull it out from under its discussion about income security and put it at the heart of its vision for the future of work.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Lost holiday pay could affect polytechnic staff
  2. Ara Institute of Canterbury launches
  3. What makes an academic?
  4. One-third of degree graduates leave NZ
  5. Joyce says ‘choose the money’

Other news

Taratahi has made a second payment of $1.2 million dollars on top of the $1.1 million dollars it handed over to the Tertiary Education Commission last year, to help wipe the $8 million it owes –   – Stuff

Sixty percent of young people are training for jobs that may not exist in the future, a Labour Party conference has been told –  New Zealand Herald

Calls for more support to help university students – Stuff

Edinburgh University’s famous library cat has been reported missing – BBC

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