Home work, no work and more


Home work, no work and more

A trend towards working away from the office and comments on recent redundancies are noted here.


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A trend towards working away from the office and comments on recent redundancies are noted here.
Home is where the work is for digital workers
An estimated 5.6 million adult Australians aged 18 years and over were ‘digital workers’ in May 2013, using the internet to work away from the office, according to a new survey from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

At that time, digital workers made up 51 per cent of the total number of employed Australians. This increased to 59 per cent of employed persons aged 35–44 and 70 per cent of employed persons with a university qualification.

In this snapshot, ‘digital workers’ refers to:
    • Australians using the internet to work away from the office outside ‘standard working hours’
    • ‘teleworkers’ who are allowed to work away from the office, substituting coming into the office for part or all of the day.
The paper is available online.

Toyota redundancies — call for government support for industry
Acting Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Kim Carr, said: ‘[the] announcement by Toyota that 100 staff will be given voluntary redundancies should serve as a wake-up call to the Abbott Government.’

‘This is obviously a difficult time for Toyota staff and their families as they consider their futures.’
‘After more than a month in office it’s time the Abbott Government ended the delays and gave Australia’s automotive manufacturers, and the tens of thousands of workers they employ, certainty.’

Australian manufacturers are under enormous cost pressures with the dollar at this level and if we want to see major employers like our car makers stay in business, providing jobs for Australians, we need to back them.

No car in the world is made without government support.’

Telstra’s plan to create an offshore workforce will backfire: union
Telstra should stop the flow of work offshore and back Australian jobs or risk losing skills and its intellectual property into the future, says the Community and Public Sector Union.

The union will share its concerns over mounting job cuts with shareholders when they meet at Telstra’s annual general meeting in Sydney this week.

Since January 1 Telstra has announced the cutting of 3,157 positions, including:
    • 1100 announced earlier this month in its Operations division
    • 605 in the Sensis directories business
    • 1552 other positions that have been made redundant across the entire group. 
At the same time, at least 10,250 people work offshore on Telstra business on any one shift, according to a conservative estimate by the CPSU.

CPSU lead organiser for Telstra Teresa Davison says: ‘Telstra has been making huge profits and providing decent dividends on the back of the hard work of its talented and dedicated local workforce. These are the staff that design, deliver and service all the gadgets and products that has made Telstra successful.’

No sympathy for Williamson from ACTU
Former Health Services Union official Michael Williamson should face the full force of the law after admitting to fraud involving union members’ money, in the view of the ACTU.

The media release noted:
‘The offences to which Mr Williamson has admitted are very serious and are properly being dealt with by the criminal law.

There is no place in our movement for people who have misappropriated members’ funds.

Mr Williamson has breached the trust of his members and broken the law, he deserves to face the consequences.’
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