Unions to fight casualisation of Australia’s workforce | Australia news | The Guardian

Casual employment is most common in accommodation and food services.

Many casual workers were permanent in all but name, the union argued, and were afforded significantly inferior rights and conditions, despite working regularly for the same employer.

That accords with the findings of the most recent Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (Hilda) study, which found 60% of workers who self-identified as casuals were doing regular shifts for an employer they had been with for at least six months.

But the commission rejected the union’s conversion proposal, and instead gave workers the right to request a conversion to permanent employment after 12 months of regular work.

Employers retained the right to reasonably refuse a casual worker’s request to become permanent.

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