The practice of ‘casual’ employment has become a means to foster insecurity and low power, depriving many workers of leave under the guise of an alleged need for flexibility.
The Victorian government has announced a pilot program to provide sick and carer's leave for casual workers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the dangers of unhealthy workplaces and disempowered workers.
The failure to anticipate the consequence of workers having no paid sick leave is one of the greatest flaws in Australia's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has voiced frustration at workers who don't stay home despite having COVID-19 symptoms. But the problem is linked to growing workforce casualisation and use of labour hire.
The Federal Court of Australia has rejected the notion workers can be employed as 'permanent casuals'.
Almost 37% of Australian workers do not have paid sick leave. We need to fix this if we want people not to turn up to work when sick during the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
A new analysis shows an economic downturn due to COVID-19 will dramatically increase rental stress for people with insecure or casual work.
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?
South African public sector workers march for higher pay.
Proposed changes to South Africa's labour laws would make it almost impossible to strike and render the planned national minimum wage unenforceable.
Jobs for young people and taxation are linked.
Australia's cash economy is hard to document, but can be followed through the fortunes of 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?
The Economic Freedom Fighters’ entry into parliament is the most dramatic example of political realignment in South Africa.
The Marikana massacre of 2012 triggered strikes across South Africa and political realignment. But could this, and the formation of the United Front to rival the ANC, have long-term significance?
Loopholes in the post-apartheid labour relations framework has created an opening for the re-creation of a cheap labour regime.
Failed by the institutions meant to protect them from exploitation, South African Post Offices workers gave up on the legal system, resorting to illegal means.