Date: 13 Aug 2018
Hundreds of thousands of casual workers on 85 awards could have the right to convert to permanent positions after 12 months thanks to a union victory in the Fair Work Commission.
A new clause will be added to 85 awards from October first, giving casual workers the option to convert to permanent part-time or full time status if they have worked a pattern of hours on an ongoing basis for 12 months that is compatible with permanent work.
The decision also provided that casual workers should have a minimum shift length of two hours (or more in some industries), from 1 October this year. In addition, unions have also been successful in securing rights for overtime payment for casuals in many industries as part of these proceedings.
Insecure work remains a national crisis and issues such as sham contracting, labour-hire, improper use of ABNs, short-term contracting and the gig economy must be addressed, but this is a significant win for working people.