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New research report: Who cares? A fair share of work and care

Natasha Cortis, Meagan Blaxland and Sara Charlesworth

2021

A new report Who cares? A fair share of work and care authored by Natasha Cortis, Meagan Blaxland and Sara Charlesworth and commissioned by the SDA, provides information about the work, family and care arrangements of employees in Australia’s retail, fast food and warehousing industries. Through the pandemic, these workers have been recognised for their essential contributions in maintaining safe access to food and other necessities for the community.

The report drew on a survey of and comments from 6500 SDA members working in retail. The survey documents in devastating detail just how unpredictable and insecure rostering practices even for those in permanent part-time work create significant stress for workers and their families. This stress is amplified for those with small children by an inflexible system of formal childcare. disproportionate impact on work and career opportunities for women with young school-aged children as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns.

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