Casual staff often miss out on professional development and feel isolated and invisible. Team teaching helps support these staff while improving the continuity and quality of university teaching.
Universities have legitimate reasons for employing some staff on casual contracts, but the impacts of the COVID pandemic have brought long-standing problems to a head. Now is the time to act on these.
The Morrison Government has picked up its weapons again, with an industrial relations bill that will tip the scales further against employees.
More than a dozen Australian universities have been publicly accused of underpaying staff. Some have paid millions in backpay after audits. And a big factor in wage theft is the rise of casualisation.
Even before COVID-19, 22% of international students often went without food or necessities and almost half depended on paid work to cover the rent. With many of their jobs gone, they’re now desperate.
While small businesses will be partially cushioned by government support measures, there’s no support for the most vulnerable workers.
A new analysis shows an economic downturn due to COVID-19 will dramatically increase rental stress for people with insecure or casual work.
If schools and childcare centres shut without the necessary support, Australia may permanently lose valuable teachers and early childhood educators.
Coal stockpiled before being loaded on to ships at a terminal in Gladstone. researchers say Labor should not “cozy up” to the coal industry.
Labor will not win an election by cozying up to coal or weakening its climate target. Instead, it must find the common ground uniting workers in the cities and the regions - job insecurity.
In recent years casual work has been a fairly stable part of the labour market, one that provides a pathway to permanent work.
As political and legal fights over casual work crank up, it’s worth busting some myths, such as the idea that it is becoming more common.
Underemployment and stagnant wages may be strong signs of worker insecurity in the face of relentless cost-cutting.
Most workers are still employees, not casuals or gig workers. So what has changed to increase the insecurity of workers?
The option of “holding out” for a permanent job looks increasingly risky as these opportunities dwindle.
The costs of casual work are now outweighing the slim benefits in wages (and even those are not as much as they used to be).
Hospitality workers, along with fast food and retail workers, will have Sunday and public holiday rates cut under the decision.
The Fair Work Commission’s latest decision to cut certain Sunday and public holiday penalty rates continues a tradition of undervaluing young workers.
There was enormous growth in casual employment prior to 1998.
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The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) said that casual employment has not increased in Australia for the past 18 years. Is that right?
There are still many reasons workers and shop owners avoid Sunday trading.
Employer groups are hoping a new deal on penalty rates will set a precedent, but the voices of young workers are missing from the debate.
A key feature of casual employment is the lack of leave entitlements – including holiday pay.
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