Greens welcome Fair Work ruling on casuals right to permanent employment
Greens employment spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today welcomed a Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision to grant casual workers under 85 modern awards the right to become permanent employees, calling it a small step towards addressing the national crisis of job insecurity. The Fair Work Commission determined that a change to permanent work could occur if a ‘casual employee (over a calendar period of 12 months) has worked a pattern of hours on an ongoing basis which, without significant adjustment, could continue to be performed in accordance with the full-time or part-time employment provisions of the relevant award.’
Quotes attributable to Adam Bandt MP:
“The Greens welcome the decision of the FWC that starts to tackle the national crisis of job insecurity.
"Only the Greens have pursued legislation in Parliament to give casuals a right to convert to ongoing employment.
“Casual work can be precarious. If someone is working in an established, regular pattern they deserve the entitlements and security that come with permanent work.
“While this news is positive, it comes at a time where penalty rates have been cut, a bid for paid domestic violence leave was rejected and the minimum wage is still too low.
“At a time where inequality is spiralling, The Greens will continue to work hard to protect the rights of workers in all industries across Australia.”
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