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The way we work, how work is changing, how it used to be and what it might look like in the future. It’s about who we work with, and who we work for. It’s a discussion about the conditions in which we work and the demands of a job. It’s talking about how it can be the best thing in our lives and also the worst. Work can give us meaning and satisfaction, it can be the most challenging thing we’ve ever done and the most soul destroying days of our lives. And that can all be in the same week! A ...
 
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It's a couple of days after polling day and Francis and Sally are here with their reactions to the election of an Albanese Labor Government. And Pumpkin the tabby cat is here to give his two bobs worth as well! _____________________________________________________________ * You can now email us with your comments, story ideas, tip-offs, flip offs, …
 
After nearly four decades as one of Australia's foremost political journalists, Barrie Cassidy is enjoying his first election in years as just another voter with opinions of his own that he can share when and how he likes. The legendary founder and long-time host of the ABC's flagship Sunday morning political gabfest Insiders" joins Francis and Sal…
 
In between their bouts of COVID, various travel and work commitments, and the time/space continuum being utterly shredded by the madness of modern living, Francis and Sally haven't been together on the pod for a while. That all changes here as they reassemble to assess the state of the 2022 Federal Election campaign. _______________________________…
 
How much government is too much government? If the neo-liberal politicians and commentariat had their way, Australia would be shrinking its government footprint even at a time in our history where massive crisis like climate change and the COVID19 pandemic has shown that there is a major role for strong, effective, and substantial government action…
 
As 2022 Federal Election campaign gathers steam, it's clear that there is plenty on the line for workers. ACTU Secretary, Sally McManus joins Francis to discuss why this election is so important to the working lives of millions of Australians. _____________________________________________________________ * You can now email us with your comments, s…
 
As the federal election campaign lurches into gear, there is one group of Australians who are routinely forgotten about in the conversation - young workers. Younger Australians have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. They've had their schooling and studies disrupted, their working lives upended, and their prospects for the fu…
 
Tom Mutch is a freelance journalist who has spent the last few years covering conflict and war around the globe. He was in Ukraine as war broke out following the Russian invasion. Like many journalists who cover war zones, his experiences and reportage play a vital role on countering the propaganda and lies that make up the other front in this conf…
 
With an election looming, this year's federal budget is a crucial one for working Australians who are hurting as they struggle with the sky rocketing coat of living and flatlining wages. Ben Davison, co-host with Van Badham of the fab podcast "The Week on Wednesday" joins Francis for a conversation about Morrison's budget and want it means for you.…
 
It's Budget time and it's never been more important for working Australians that they are at the top of the government's list of priorities. With flatlining wages, the rising cost of living pressures, and an uneven economic recovery from the pandemic, this budget is set to make or break many working families. ACTU President Michele O'Neil joins us …
 
Often, when commentators and journalists talk about the economy, they discuss it as though workers - the people that drive all economics - don't matter. We here at 'On the Job' know that's daft. An economy without workers is nothing. That's what this weeks' podcast is all about. We're joined in discussion by the Director of the Centre for Future Wo…
 
We talk a lot about Super on the pod. What we haven't done a good job of so far is explaining what the hell it actually is! That's where Peter Treseder comes in. He's an educator with one of our biggest industry funds, Australian Super. Peter is here to give us all a crash course in what Super is and why it makes good sense to get yours sorted. ___…
 
Inflation - it's like disco and scratch and sniff t-shirts (look it up, people) - so very 1970s! Strangely, its making a comeback as our economy struggles to recover from the pandemic and Scott Morrison's government overheats the housing market. So, what is inflation? Why is it a threat to the well being of workers? And what's this nonsense about w…
 
For a brief period in 2020 at the height of the first COVID 19 outbreak, families around Australia experienced something remarkable - free early childhood education and child care. For many, it was the circuit breaker they needed to navigate treacherous financial challenges and other pressures that put families under stress. As we head towards a fe…
 
Unless you've been living in a Netflix bubble or under a rock, you might have noticed that the election campaign is on in earnest, as Scott Morrison tries desperately to save his government. For most working Australians, politics is, well, a pain in the arse. Do they care if Scott Morrison is a liar or can't hold a hose? Or are they simply more con…
 
On this week's episode, we try and help Sally settle into her new surrounds in Hobart, Tasmania. And what better way to do it than to introduce her to some good Union peeps? Jess Munday heads up Unions Tasmania. She knows everything there is to know about working life in Tassie and how it is changing. She also gives Sally some sage advice on which …
 
Amongst the many things the COVI19 pandemic has taught us, Australia would fall apart without our transport workers. As supply chains feel the strain of the omicron surge, the pressures on an already over worked and under resourced trucking and driving sector were taking their toll. Nick McIntosh from the Transport Workers Union (TWU) says that tra…
 
In the darkest days of the Trump Whitehouse, the New York Times sold itself to the world as the last bastion of progressive ideals. Within the pages of "The Old Grey Lady" , the NYT kept rigorous watch on the excesses and madness of the Trump administration and its impact on society, as well as opining about the importance of protecting workers, jo…
 
As we head into the third, exhausting year of the COVID19 pandemic, we are hearing our politicians talking a lot about protecting the economy. The one thing they don't talk about is what an economy actually is without the people who work in it, and what happens if they're too sick or unable to do their jobs. Dr Jim Stanford is an economist who is t…
 
As 2022 begins it feels like we're back at square one with the COVID19 pandemic as the Omicron variant causes havoc across huge parts of Australia. Australian workers have been bamboozled by continuing changes to the rules around when they should work, when they should isolate, what happens if they test positive for COVID and what their rights are …
 
On the 11th of February, 1990, Nelson Mandela, the leader of South Africa's outlawed resistance movement, the African National Congress (ANC) was released from prison after 27 years of incarceration. Later that year, Mandela arrived in Melbourne, Australia, a part of his global tour to thank those who had supported the ANC in its fight against Apar…
 
One day in 1969, a working woman by the name of Zelda D'Aprano took her lunch break, and proceeded to chain herself to the front door of a busy building in Melbourne's CBD in a protest that caused a sensation. What was Zelda protesting about? Our historical oracle, Dr Liam Byrne, is here to tell is all about Zelda and her legacy. __________________…
 
In the first of our summer series on Union and labour history, our historical oracle, Dr. Liam Byrne poses the question - Is Scott Morrison the worst PM Australia has ever had? ______________________________________________________________ * You can now email us with your comments, story ideas, tip-offs, flip offs, and questions - otjpodcast@proton…
 
After another tough year where working people have faced down the challenges presented by the COVID19 pandemic, Francis and Sally sit down with the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Michele O'Neil. ______________________________________________________________ * You can now email us with your comments, story ideas, tip-off…
 
The experience of workers and unions is often written out of our histories. Working people are often spoken about, but rarely spoken with when it comes to how we document the past. Writer and economist Brett Evans joins Francis on the podcast this week to discuss one of the bloodiest chapters in America's labour rights history - The Ludlow Massacre…
 
As Australia heads toward another federal election, progressive politics is marshalling its forces to rid itself of the chaotic and decrepit Morrison government. It's easy to define what progressives are against, but there's a red hot battle going on to define what they are really about. Journalist and author James Button has addressed these issues…
 
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