There is much talk in Australia at present about the need to increase participation in paid work and productivity, and at the same time increase Australia’s population. This conversation is partly driven by the prospect of an ageing population, and transformation in Australia’s employment base away from agriculture and manufacturing to service sector jobs. Given what we know about how Australian workers are experiencing their jobs at present, and their aspirations in terms of working hours, what can we expect of their participation patterns in the future, their ability to do more with less and increase productivity, and the prospects for increased fertility rates? What more can we expect of Australian workers. In this presentation Barbara will draw on the past five years of work-life research at the Centre for Work + Life at the University of South Australia, to address these questions.
Professor Barbara Pocock is Director of the Centre for Work + Life at University of South Australia. She trained as an economist and has a doctorate in gender studies. She has researched work, employment and industrial relations in Australia for over thirty years with particular interests in gender, inequality and worker voice. She has authored numerous books, articles and book chapters. Her latest book, Living Low Paid: The Dark Side of Prosperous Australia was written with Helen Masterman-Smith and published by Allen & Unwin. Her next book Time Bomb: Where Is Our Working Life Taking Us? (co-authored with Natalie Skinner and Philippa Williams, will be published by UNSW Press in early 2012.
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