Three prominent commentators reflect on the dehumanising history of the dog-eat-dog conditions for workers on Sydney’s Hungry Mile. In conversation with Sarah Kaine, GetUp! co-founder Jeremy Heimans, labour history researcher Lisa Milner and PhD candidate researching worker voices Michael Walker discuss the disruptive technologies deployed by the likes of Uber, Deliveroo and Airtasker. They examine whether they are pitting workers against each other, driving down the price of labour and creating an insecure workforce or unsafe workplaces, or empowering contractors to work when and where they choose.
Presented with Barangaroo Delivery Authority.
Jeremy Heimans (International)
Jeremy Heimans is the co-founder and CEO of Purpose, an organization headquartered in New York that builds and supports social movements around the world. He is the co-founder of GetUp!, an Australian political organization with more members than all of Australia's political parties combined. With Henry Timms, Jeremy is co-author of the book New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World--and How to Make It Work for You.
Michael Walker (Australian)
Michael Walker is a PhD candidate at UTS Business School researching workers voices in the context of gig employment. He is also an official of the SDA, the shop assistants' union, and Secretary of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ).
Lisa Milner (Australian)
Lisa Milner completed her PhD at the University of Wollongong, and has been teaching at Southern Cross University since 2004, in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the Coffs Harbour campus. Originally a filmmaker, she teaches mainly into the Media Program. Her research interests are interdisciplinary and wide ranging, and include labour history, union movements and their connections with film and theatre, and community media and its discontents.
Sarah Kaine (Australian)
Associate Professor Sarah Kaine is the Research Director of Future of Work in the Centre for Business and Social Innovation within the UTS Business School. Her research focuses on several broad themes: the transformation of employee relations in the digital economy, the development and exercise of employee voice, and the formal and informal regulation of employment relations. Specifically Sarah is interested in innovation in employment relations and regulation – beyond the bounds of traditional labour law, Corporate Social Responsibility and its link to industrial relations and the role of leadership in promoting ethical innovation in the management of work. Prior to becoming an academic Sarah worked as an industrial relations practitioner and a consultant to not-for-profit organisations.