Redistributing Work: Solutions to the paradox of overwork and unemployment in Australia

At a time of high and chronic unemployment, Australia is also faced with a crisis of overwork. Work-related stress and illness have been intensifying while the social problems associated with mass unemployment multiply. There are a number of flexible work schemes operating or under negotiation in Australia, but so far they affect very few employees. This paper argues that overcoming the problems of unemployment and overwork requires a new approach to flexibility in the workplace and a rethinking of the relationship between paid work and other aspects of our lives. It proposes three approaches to redistributing work in Australia.

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