205 – Kristin O’Connell

Kristin O’Connell is the Acting Communications Coordinator for the Australian Unemployed Workers Union.

With more than a million Australians unemployed in this time of recession (and depression maybe?), the AUWU has been coordinating a Mutual Obligations Strike and campaigning against the cruel reduction in the JobSeeker payment. Kristin shares her story with me and explains why unemployed workers are workers (and why the AUWU is definitely a union) and just how fucked up and privatised Australia’s unemployment “industry” is.

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ARTICLE: Australian Unemployed Workers Union calls for strike against ‘pointless and punitive’ job agencies

ARTICLE: Australia’s jobless to face mutual obligation rule despite few job vacancies

ARTICLE: ‘It’s a heartless decision’: Morrison government reintroduces welfare mutual obligations

ARTICLE: New Disability Support Pension recipients down by almost 60,000 due to Gillard-led crackdown

The Australia Institute’s 2000 report on Mutual Obligations

My episode with the AUWU’s Jeremy Poxon

Cause of the Week: The Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union (unemployedworkersunion.com

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