Workers’ productivity

Jul 29, 2013

Q. Overall, in your experience, how productive are most Australian workers?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Full time workers

Part time workers

 

30 Jul 12

6 Feb 12

Very productive

12%

14%

12%

13%

10%

12%

14%

15%

Quite productive

55%

61%

52%

55%

54%

56%

59%

59%

Not so productive

25%

19%

30%

22%

27%

27%

19%

19%

Not at all productive

3%

1%

4%

4%

4%

2%

3%

2%

Don’t know

5%

4%

3%

6%

5%

3%

5%

5%

67% think that overall, most Australian workers are very or quite productive. This figure has fallen a little since this question was asked in July last year.

Labor voters (75%) are more likely than Liberal/National voters (64%) to think workers are productive. There were no substantial differences across income or age groups.

Ships, trains and submarines — can we build them here?

Sep 11, 2012


Tim Ayres wishes Clive Palmer and other mining giants would give local manufacturers a go instead of heading overseas.

When Clive Palmer recently announced his replica of the Titanic would be built in China due to the lack of ship building facilities in Australia, the AMWU hit back with a video clip showing the 500-strong workforce at a Newcastle shipyard.

It’s all part of the AMWU’s campaign, Build Them Here, appealing to government to set local content targets on some of the massive construction and transport projects to ensure local manufacturers get contracts ahead of low cost overseas competitors — as is often the case in the mining industry.

Tim Ayres, the NSW secretary for the AMWU, tells 3Q that local manufacturers can build heavy infrastructure – they just need to be given the opportunity. In doing so, new jobs and apprenticeships will be created, valuable intellectual property is developed and the knock on effect strengthens the economy.

Unions in Australia

Sep 10, 2012

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

 

19 Mar 2012

This week 10 Sept 12

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Work full time

Work part time

Total good

48%

45%

67%

30%

74%

47%

51%

Total bad

17%

20%

4%

36%

6%

22%

18%

Very good

12%

11%

20%

4%

28%

11%

12%

Good

36%

34%

47%

26%

46%

36%

39%

Neither good nor bad

28%

27%

24%

30%

13%

25%

21%

Bad

11%

12%

3%

20%

5%

12%

11%

Very bad

6%

8%

1%

16%

1%

10%

7%

Don’t know

6%

8%

6%

4%

7%

5%

9%

The largest portion of respondents polled believe that overall, unions have been good for Australian working people (45% total good), whilst a fifth of respondents (20%) felt that they had been bad for working people.   Results have moved slightly since the last time the question was polled in March 2012, with those respondents regarding unions as good dropping from 48% to 45% and those regarding them as bad rising the equivalent amount from 17% to 20% in the same period.

Looking at the results by voting intention, Greens voters were by the most likely to believe that unions had been good for working people (74%), whilst Coalition voters were by far the most likely to believe that unions had been bad for Australian working people (36%).

The majority of part time workers believed that unions had been good for Australian working people (51%) compared with 47% of full time workers.

Workers’ Productivity

Jul 30, 2012

Q. And overall, in your experience, how productive are most Australian workers?

 

6 Feb 12

Total

30 Jul 12

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Full time workers

Part time workers

Very productive

15%

14%

19%

12%

12%

14%

12%

Quite productive

59%

59%

61%

61%

62%

61%

63%

Not so productive

19%

19%

13%

21%

15%

19%

17%

Not at all productive

2%

3%

2%

2%

6%

3%

2%

Don’t know

5%

5%

5%

4%

5%

3%

6%

73% think that overall, most Australian workers are very or quite productive. These responses are almost identical to those when this question was asked in February.

Labor voters (80%) are more likely than Liberal/National voters (73%) to think workers are productive. There were no significant differences across income or age groups.

Australian Workers under a Liberal Government

Jul 23, 2012

Q. Do you think Australian workers would be better off or worse off under a Liberal Government lead by Tony Abbott?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Work full time

Work part time

Total better off

32%

8%

65%

8%

35%

27%

Total worse off

37%

75%

4%

65%

34%

40%

A lot better off

15%

3%

33%

17%

12%

A little better off

17%

5%

32%

8%

18%

15%

Make no difference

19%

12%

22%

15%

21%

20%

A little worse off

9%

12%

3%

17%

10%

11%

A lot worse off

28%

63%

1%

48%

24%

29%

Don’t know

11%

5%

8%

12%

9%

12%

32% think that Australian workers would be better off under a Liberal Government lead by Tony Abbott and 37% think they would be worse off – and 19% think it would make no difference.

Full-time workers split 35% better off and 34% worse off while part-time workers were more likely to think workers would be worse off (40% worse off/27% better off).

43% of respondents aged 45-64 think workers would be worse off and 31% better off. 40% of those earning under $1,000 pw thought workers would be worse off and 33% better off.

Approval of Overseas Workers

Jun 12, 2012

Q. The Federal Government recently gave approval to Gina Rinehart’s mining company to bring in 1,700 overseas workers. Do you approve or disapprove of overseas workers being brought in to work in Australia’s mining industry?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

16%

20%

19%

10%

Total disapprove

60%

55%

61%

58%

Strongly approve

3%

3%

3%

5%

Approve

13%

17%

16%

5%

Neither approve nor disapprove

20%

23%

18%

30%

Disapprove

25%

27%

25%

30%

Strongly disapprove

35%

28%

36%

28%

Don’t know

5%

3%

2%

2%

 16% approve of the Government’s approval for Gina Rinehart’s mining company to bring in 1,700 overseas workers and 60% disapprove.

A majority of all voter groups disapproved.

Highest approval came from men (20%), full-time workers (20%) and respondents aged 65+ (21%).

 

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