2017 Foenander Lecture - Allan Fels AO

Professor Allan Fels AO will present this year's Foenander Lecture.

In recent times, much media attention has been given to the exploitation of workers, especially migrant workers, in Australia.

This lecture focuses on three topics:

First, the lecture will identify the extent and implications of the underpayment of migrant workers in the Australian labour market.

Second, more briefly the lecture will deal with aspects of gig work. Gig workers are those in temporary positions and short term contracts. The lecture will examine the rise of gig work and the implications for workers and organisations.

Third, there will be a brief examination of whether competition law should apply to labour markets, especially with respect to secondary boycotts.

Allan Fels is the Chair of the Migrant Workers Taskforce (Australian Government), Member of the Uber Global Advisory Board, and the former Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.