#29 Wages, gigs, equality and the neoliberal project - with Josh Bornstein

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[Note: Apologies for my audio at times - need a new microphone!]

This episode is recorded from the sovereign lands of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. First Nations people have been custodians of this land for tens of thousands of years. Colonisation is a process that law and regulation, have been deeply complicit in, taking land, sea, children and lives, and I note that stolen wages and racial discrimination in the workplace being are another historic and contemporary example. I want to acknowledge that despite colonisation, 60 000 years of wisdom continues, and so too does non-Aboriginal Australia’s obligations to take a daily personal responsibility to do support reconciliation through truth and justice.

One of the central gaps in this podcast has been how the workplace, or the relationship between the worker and the employer, is regulated. I’ve been fortunate to speak to Josh Bornstein to help us navigate this space.

Josh is a Principal Lawyer with Maurice Blackburn and National Practice Leader of both its Social Justice Group and its Employment and Industrial Relations Group. In 2019, he was awarded Workplace Relations Partner of the Year by Lawyers Weekly. He’s got over 20 years of experience as an employment and industrial relations lawyer, addressing bullying, sexual harassment and representing some of Australia’s key unions and civil society organisations. He’s on the board of progressive think tank, the Australia Institute, and has written loads of articles, that I’ll put in the shownotes.

Josh takes us on a journey through some of the key issues and opportunities in 2022 with a new federal government, the chronic issues facing gig workers in the Australian economy, we take a lovely detour to discuss digital platforms and their regulation, before reflecting on Josh’s work around gender equality.

A wonderful episode that I could have run for much longer!

I hope you enjoy the episode. Rate it and share it as usual ploiiise.

Shownotes

Recent articles by Josh:

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7595716/how-to-fix-hatred-online-impose-a-duty-of-care/

https://www.themonthly.com.au/blog/josh-bornstein/2022/31/2022/1648679235/great-wealth-redistribution#mtr

https://thenewdaily.com.au/opinion/2022/02/08/democratic-recession-josh-bornstein/

https://www.theguardian.com/business/commentisfree/2017/oct/23/regulation-is-back-after-years-of-neoliberal-neglect

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