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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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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…
 
As he prepares to end his tenure as President of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) , the peak union for Australia's journalists, Marcus Strom joins Francis and Sally to discuss the state of journalism in Australia today. Francis, Sally and Marcus discuss the increasing threats of intimidation and violence against journalists, the en…
 
Qanon is a discredited conspiracy theory cult that continues to hold a tight grip on the lives of millions of people - including many in Australia. It's fantastical, dystopian, paranoid fantasies about Hilary Clinton, pedophile rings, ritual sacrifice and all sorts of other mind bending nonsense would be funny - if it weren't so serious. In her new…
 
As we say goodbye to the era of lengthy lockdowns and pandemic restrictions, it's understandable that people want to put it all behind them and look forward to better days. That's exactly what Scott Morrison is banking on as heads to an election. The Prime Ministers handling of the COVID-19 pandemic response went from farce to fiasco over two long …
 
A good teacher can transform lives. Brendan James Murray is one of those teachers. An award winning author in his own right, Murray’s other enduring passion is teaching secondary school kids. He is driven by the ambition to help kids from all backgrounds reach their potential, to find their own voice and place in the world. It’s hard but rewarding …
 
It’s our 50th episode! To celebrate, we’re joined by ACTU Secretary, Sally McManus, to discuss the lessons of the pandemic, what it has meant for working Australians and what the future at work might look like. Oh, and also why the Superb Fairywren was a controversial choice for The Guardian’s “Bird of the Year” award. _____________________________…
 
He likes you to call him ScoMo. He lovehttps://www.quarterlyessay.com.au/s being seen with a beer in hand at a Cronulla Sharks game, or wearing a truckers cap woofing down a sausage at a backyard BBQ. Scott Morrison wants you to think of him as the daggy dad, the top bloke, the bloke down the pub you want to have a beer with. The truth is, he is no…
 
2021 has been a year of reckoning for the Morrison Government and the wider Australian public on the issues of violence, discrimination and the abuse of women. For New South Wales Labor Senator Jenny McAllister, it's been her mission to ensure that legislation was passed to address issues of gender inequality and the safety of women at work as well…
 
Think about this. Since 2015, the richest 1% of the world's people own more wealth than the rest of the planet. You're right to think something has gone wrong for that level of inequality to have become so obscene and so vast. Last Thursday the 7th of October marked the 10th anniversary of the World Day for Decent Work, where trade unions across th…
 
As the COP26 climate change talks in Glasgow loom up, Australia is on a collision course with the rest of the world. Our unwillingness to commit openly and whole heartedly to a target of net zero emissions by 2050 makes Australia an outlier in danger of becoming a climate pariah state. Meanwhile for Australian workers, the reality of climate change…
 
Events on the streets of Melbourne last week shocked everyone. The chaos, violence, anger and disruption pulled the curtain back on a sub-culture of disparate extremist groups - from anit-vaxxers, right wing nationalists, conspiracy theorists and hardcore fascists. In the middle of it - the Union movement targeted in an attack centred on the office…
 
That's right, this week we're going all hybrid on you. Sally and Francis are joined by Ben Davison, who co-presents the uber cool political podcast "The Week on Wednesday" alongside writer, activist and force of nature, Van Badham. Francis, Sally and Ben discuss the vaccine mandate that workers are facing, the fate of University jobs and why lectur…
 
"The real trauma will come once it's all over" - Nurse Shaye Candish, Assistant General Secretary of the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA). Nurses are working in some of the toughest conditions thanks to Covid-19. Demaning hours, full personal protective equipement for entire shifts that makes it hard to even have a sip of w…
 
Vaccinations are Australia’s pathway out of lockdowns - Australianunions.org.au/getvaxxed As Australia finds itself in an arm wrestle to halt the march of COVID19 infections that are ravages communities across the country, cleaners are putting themselves at risk on a daily basis to help stop the spread. It's tough, relentless, demanding and vital w…
 
Women's economic security is an issue that has been drawn into sharp focus during the COVID19 pandemic. The intractable pay disparity that still exists is just the start of it. Unpaid work at home, frontline work in insecure jobs, the loss of income as a consequence of caring responsibilities and the perilous state of women's superannuation savings…
 
The people of Sydney's vast western suburbs are often spoken about - but very rarely spoken with. As the working people who make up the rich tapestry of cultures and experience that is Sydney's west endure the stress of an extended lockdown and the growing menace of the COVID 19 pandemic, we thought it was important to hear from some folks who live…
 
Across the world right now, there are over 250,000 seafarers who are trapped on ships that can't dock in ports and allow crews to disembark to put their feet on solid ground. It's just another tragic consequence of the global COVID 19 Pandemic . As countries grapple with containing the spread of the deadly disease, ships that arrive in their waters…
 
Australia, it seems it's finally ok to wear your trackie dacks to work - because it seems lots of us are working from home. As huge swathes of the country finds itself under lockdown, many of us have been slipping into that work from home routine. For people who live alone and work from home, this has plenty of challenges all of its own. On this we…
 
When Amazon founder and owner, Jeff Bezos, returned from his self aggrandising space flight recently, he made a point of thanking Amazon workers and customers for making it possible. What went unsaid, was that Bezos' Amazon is a corporate and digital monster that has built its success off the back of a work culture built of ruthlessness and worker …
 
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