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John Sutton, secretary of the CFMEU, has an opinion article in today’s SMH, taking the government to task for its immigration policy.

Sutton spends most of the piece essentially blaming underemployment on what he seems to consider to be the government’s far-too-lenient approach to letting employers employ people from overseas.

But honestly, I would have thought this – Sutton’s second-last paragraph – was the real problem, if it’s widespread:

Among the cocktail of abuses discovered were sham subcontracting, no workers’ compensation insurance coverage, no award conditions, no superannuation and rates of pay barely half what they were entitled to.

If this is the real problem, then cracking down on unscrupulous employers who do these things to immigrant workers may result in employers not really caring whether they employ immigrants or locals.

So in other words, perhaps it’s less about the government policy that Sutton is writing about, and more about the actions of the employers which are illegal and in total contravention of that policy.

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Are you, or have you ever been, a mother academic?

There’s a call for papers out for a collection of both narratives & articles about academic motherhood. (That takes you to a pdf, so if you don’t like those, try the general page here – the “Being a Mother Academic” link takes you to the same pdf link as above).

They are calling for both theory AND the “lived experience” – my reading of that is that papers can be either/or (that is, it seems to me that you are welcome to write a narrative piece about your experience, even if it’s not your theoretical area and you don’t want to include the theory).

They are also calling for people from across a range of disciplines.

Wouldn’t it be nice if they got so much Antipodean material that they decided they needed to put a separate Antipodean collection together?

[Link found at Feminist Law Professors]

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Sounds like the NSW police force has a real problem with officers suffering work-related injuries due to their equipment belts.

Summary: the belts + equipment are bulky and weigh nearly 7 kg. Nearly one in six officers have reported health issues due to the belts.

There’s some interesting issues involved in terms of the differential effect on men and women.

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If you know New South Wales politics, the title of this post may not particularly surprise you. However, the Business Council of Australia’s lobbying for better pay for teachers is something of a surprise to me.

In fact, it seems the BCA first suggested this back in October, but it seems it got lost in the election coverage at the time.

According to the SMH article, the NSW state government has stonewalled the idea. No interest shown. No surprises there, either.

Somewhat interestingly, I wonder how many big-salaried business-type people are aware of the real numbers involved with teachers’ salaries. Not sure if he’s a great example or not, but Allan Moss was apparently completely ignorant of how low the figures are, until recently. I wonder if more discussion of the facts and figures would lead to a better conversation generally. About this and many things.

[First posted here.]

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Women don’t WHAT?!?!?!

Not only is this another misplaced article, in the Relationships sub-section of the Life&Style part of the Sydney Morning Herald, even though it’s clearly about work, (but hey, it includes comments about a report by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency, so it’s about women, so it’s clearly not “real news”), but … but … but …

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I find it interesting that a journalist can write a long feature article about Norway’s now-compulsory 40% quota of women on boards of public companies, and have the editors clearly not quite get the point.

It’s in the Life & Style section.

[First posted here.]

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The Sydney Morning Herald has an article today about the comparison between women’s and men’s satisfaction with various tasks. Unfortunately, I can’t find a link to the study – I’d be very interested in reading it.

One of the findings that apparently surprised the (male) academic behind the study was that women were “significantly” more dissatisfied with child care than men were – in fact, it was the “only” task in this category. On the other hand, women tended to be more satisfied when at work than men were.

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