Benefit from Casual/Contract Jobs

May 21, 2012

Q. The number of people working in casual and contract jobs is increasing. Who do you think benefits most from the increasing number of casual and contract jobs?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Workers

7%

6%

8%

3%

Employers

55%

62%

52%

72%

Both equally

28%

25%

32%

17%

Don’t know

10%

8%

8%

8%

A majority of respondents (55%) think that employers benefit most from the increasing number of casual and contract jobs. Only 7% think workers benefit most and 28% think both groups benefit equally.

60% of full time workers and 49% of part-time workers think employers benefit most. Those on higher incomes are also more liklely to think employers benefit most (62% of those on incomes over $1,600pw). For those on low incomes (under $600pw),  54% think employers benefit most, 4% workers and 34% think both benefit equally.

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Weekend Work

Apr 10, 2012

Q. Do you think workers should get a higher hourly rate for working on weekends or should the weekend rate be the same as the weekday rate?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Should get higher hourly rate on weekends

78%

82%

73%

91%

Weekend and weekday rates should be the same

18%

14%

23%

6%

Don’t know

4%

4%

3%

3%

78% think that workers should get a higher hourly rate for working on weekends and 18% think weekend and weekday rates should be the same.

86% of part-time workers support higher hourly rate for working on weekends. There were no significant differences across income groups.

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Job security

Mar 26, 2012

Q. How concerned are you that you or some member of your immediate family will lose their job in the next year or so: very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not at all concerned? 

 

8 Jun

09

5 Oct

09

28 Jun 10

18 Oct 10

4 Apr

11

4 Jul

11

3 Oct

11

26 Mar 12

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total concerned

52%

49%

43%

40%

43%

45%

47%

49%

43%

55%

34%

Very concerned

13%

14%

9%

11%

11%

13%

14%

13%

9%

16%

8%

Somewhat concerned

39%

35%

34%

29%

32%

32%

33%

36%

34%

39%

26%

Not at all concerned

35%

40%

38%

42%

43%

39%

37%

36%

44%

31%

51%

Don’t know

6%

6%

12%

10%

8%

8%

7%

8%

6%

7%

9%

No employees in the immediate family

8%

5%

7%

7%

7%

7%

7%

7%

7%

6%

6%

Concern over job security has risen slightly since the last time the question was polled, increasing 2 points up from 47% in October 2011 to 49% (total concerned).

In the 12 months from April 2011, total concern has increased from 43% to 49%.

Coalition voters are the most likely to be concerned that they or a member of their immediately family will lose their job in the next year or so (55% total concerned), whereas Greens voters are less likely to be concerned (34% total concerned).

There were no major differences across income or age groups – except for the under 25’s where 41% were concerned and 48% not at all concerned.

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Opinion of Unions

Mar 19, 2012

Q. Overall, do you think unions have been good or bad for Australian working people? 

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Work full time

Work part time

Total good

48%

72%

31%

70%

48%

48%

Total bad

17%

6%

31%

3%

18%

18%

Very good

12%

26%

4%

21%

13%

10%

Good

36%

46%

27%

49%

35%

38%

Neither good nor bad

28%

19%

34%

16%

28%

29%

Bad

11%

4%

19%

3%

12%

10%

Very bad

6%

2%

12%

6%

8%

Don’t know

6%

3%

4%

10%

6%

5%

48% think that unions have been good for Australian working people, 17% think they have been bad, and 28% think they have been neither good nor bad.

72% of Labor voters and 70% of Greens voters think they have been good and Liberal/National voters are split 31% good/31% bad.

There was no difference between the views of workers and non-workers and very little difference be age, gender or income.

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Importance of Unions

Mar 19, 2012

Q. And how important are unions for Australian working people today?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Work full time

Work part time

Total very/quite important

56%

80%

39%

71%

55%

57%

Very important

19%

34%

8%

31%

18%

16%

Quite important

37%

46%

31%

40%

37%

41%

Not very important

27%

12%

39%

21%

30%

31%

Not at all important

8%

2%

16%

8%

8%

Don’t know

9%

6%

6%

7%

7%

5%

56% think that unions are very or quite important for Australian working people today.

80% of Labor voters and 71% of Greens voters think they are important compared to only 39% of Liberal/National voters.

There was little difference by age and gender groups – but those on lower incomes were a little more likely to think unions are important (63% of those earning less than $1,000pw).

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Opinion of Qantas

Feb 27, 2012

Q. Compared to 12 months ago, how do you feel about Qantas – more positive, more negative or about the same?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Fly regularly

Fly once or twice a year

Fly less often

Total more positive

11%

14%

13%

6%

27%

11%

5%

Total more negative

41%

47%

33%

53%

38%

42%

41%

A lot more positive

4%

6%

4%

2%

14%

3%

1%

A little more positive

7%

8%

9%

4%

13%

8%

4%

About the same

43%

35%

51%

38%

32%

45%

47%

A little more negative

23%

25%

19%

28%

19%

24%

23%

A lot more negative

18%

22%

14%

25%

19%

18%

18%

No opinion

5%

2%

3%

3%

3%

3%

7%

41% say that, compared to 12 months ago, they feel more negative about Qantas – 11% feel more positive and 43% feel about the same.

Regular flyers are somewhat more positive – 27% feel more positive and 38% more negative.

There were no substantial differences across demographics.

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Reasons for Change in Opinion of Qantas

Feb 27, 2012

Q. What is the main reason you feel more positive/negative about Qantas?

 

More positive

More negative

Actions of management

62%

77%

Actions of workers

26%

9%

Other reason

6%

12%

Not sure

5%

3%

Among those who feel more positive about Qantas, 62% say it is because of the actions of management and 26% say it is because of the actions of workers.

Among those who feel more negative about Qantas, 77% say it is because of the actions of management and only 9% say it is because of the actions of workers.

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Workers’ Pay

Feb 6, 2012

Q. Overall, do you think most Australian employers pay their workers what they are worth or do they pay them more or less than they are worth?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Full time workers Part time workers
Pay workers what they are worth 37% 41% 42% 23% 41% 33%
Pay workers more than they are worth 12% 6% 19% 6% 15% 8%
Pay workers less than they are worth 37% 38% 31% 56% 35% 45%
Don’t know 14% 15% 9% 15% 8% 14%

37% of respondents think that, overall, most Australian employers pay their workers what they are worth – 37% think they pay them less than they are worth and 12% say they pay more than they are worth.

Part-time workers (45%) and women (42%) are more likely to think workers are paid less than they are worth. Comments »

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