New report shows majority of casuals do not receive loading and have regular hours

first_imgNew report shows majority of casuals do not receive loading and have regular hours More than half of casual workers probably do not receive the legal 25 per cent loading in their pay according to a new report by Professor David Peetz of Griffith University, ‘What do the data on casuals really mean?’, which outlines the ways casual jobs allow employers to reduce workers’ rights and entitlements.For these workers, being classed as a casual doesn’t mean flexibility. It means fewer rights, no paid leave and lower pay. With or without loading, casuals suffer a pay penalty compared to permanent employees rather than receiving a premium.Because of excessive casualisation Australia is on par with the USA with one of the highest proportions of workers with no guaranteed paid sick leave or holidays.Australia lags behind 88 per cent of other high-income countries that require temporary workers to have the same leave entitlements as permanent workers.Of the 800,000 jobs lost since the beginning of the pandemic, 500,000 were casual workers – insecure jobs were the first to go when the pandemic hit and unfortunately even more are being created during the recovery.As noted by ACTU Secretary Sally McManus,“This report shows that casualisation is a systemic issue in the Australian workforce – the majority of people who are casual should not be and do not receive any of the supposed benefits of casual employment.“1 in 4 Australian employees do not have any leave entitlements, leaving us lagging behind most other OECD countries. These are the workers who have carried us through the pandemic.“Casualised jobs with no access to paid leave was our weakest link in our efforts to stop the spread of COVID in our communities. We now need to turn that around, not make it worse.“The majority of casual workers are working the same hours every week, but with none of the entitlements that permanent workers can rely upon. They are being ripped off. The proposal from the Morrison Government will not only entrench this, it will take rights off casual workers.“On top of the lower pay and reduced rights, casuals also contend with the constant stress of having no job security.“Half a million casuals lost their jobs when the pandemic hit. Insecure work meant that these workers and their families had nothing to fall back on during a crisis. We are calling on the Government to work with unions to halve the rate of insecure work.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ACTU, Australia, Australian, crisis, employment, Government, Griffith, Griffith University, Morrison, Morrison Government, OECD, penalty, Professor, Secretary, security, universitylast_img

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