Casuals to get new right to permanent jobs
CASUALS will be given the right to demand their boss move them to part-time or full-time roles once they have been in the same job for a year under a Labor plan.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will today vow to legislate a right for casuals to request permanent work in a bid to improve job security and hand more workers perks including holiday pay.
Under the plan, businesses will only be able to refuse requests for permanent roles if they provide a reason and could face appeals if they give "unreasonable" reasons.
The move comes after the Coalition promised similar changes in February but did not put its Bill to a vote in Parliament after experts warned it could increase the number of insecure jobs by allowing employers to designate workers as casuals.
Labor has vowed to consult on the fine print of its laws to prevent disputes over who is casual.
One in four workers are currently in casual roles but only those covered by modern awards have a right to request permanent roles.
More than half of these casuals have been in the same role for more than a year and could benefit from the planned changes.
"Too many Australians are employed as casuals with no clear prospect of a permanent position and endless job insecurity," Mr Shorten said.
"Too often, long-term casual work is used as a mechanism to pay workers less, deprive them of leave, and make them easier to sack."