Precarious work and globalisation in Australia: Growth, risks, and future(s)

Dale Tweedie*, Sharni Chan

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Precarious work poses risks to workers’ income, safety, and well-being, weakens the power of workers’ organisations, and challenges social solidarities. While precarious work is global, the chapter analyses impacts and future(s) of precarious work in Australia in the wake of COVID-19. First, we document trends in precarious work in Australia. Second, we review causes, including economic globalisation and strategies by governments and unions. Third, we summarise risks and impacts, including being more vulnerable to dismissal and to harassment, injury, and discrimination, alongside barriers to accessing core social goods. Stage four reviews two political solutions: re-regulation of employment, and “post-work” strategies to decouple a stable life-course from standard employment. While COVID-19 intensified existing risks of precarious work, it also showed solutions that are possible when communities muster the necessary political will.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIdentifying and managing risk at work
Subtitle of host publicationEmerging issues in the context of globalisation
EditorsChris L. Peterson
Place of PublicationMilton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781003164029
ISBN (Print)9780367757908, 9780367757915
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in Sociology


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