Inquiry into WorkChoice impact on caring and cleaning

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Inquiry into WorkChoice impact on caring and cleaning

A university research team is looking at whether cleaners, and child and aged care workers, are better or worse off under WorkChoices.

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A university research team is looking at whether cleaners, and child and aged care workers, are better or worse off under WorkChoices.

Researchers from the University of Queensland and Griffith University are looking for volunteers from across Queensland to share their experiences, good or bad, following the March 2006 WorkChoices changes.

To track the impact of the WorkChoices changes, University of Queensland and Griffith University researchers want to talk to people from a range of ages, backgrounds, and employment situations, who work in childcare, aged care, cleaning, retail, and in cafés and restaurants.

They want to know if people's employment has been affected since the changes, and if so, in what way, or if they think their employment will be affected in the future.

Funded by State governments

The national project is funded by the State Governments of Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia, and by the ACT Government.

The National Foundation for Australian Women, the Women's Electoral Lobby, the Don Chipp Foundation, the Young Women's Christian Association, Women with Disabilities Australia, and Victorian Women Lawyers, have also contributed funding.

The project continues a Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission project, which highlighted the vulnerability of many women workers, particularly those working in childcare, aged care, cleaning, retail, cafés and restaurants, who have relied on minimum standards awards to set their pay and conditions.

Contacts

To participate or for information, contact:

Gillian Whitehouse (07) 3365 3280, g.whitehouse@uq.edu.au, or
Janis Bailey (07) 5552 7748, j.bailey@griffith.edu.au, or
Fiona Macdonald (07) 3346 9317, f.macdonald@uq.edu.au

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