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ACTU calls for casual workers to be eligible for annual leave

Posted by: 4bc.com.au | 16 May, 2012 - 5:44 PM

Although around 40% of Australians are in insecure work, the idea of reviewing their rights and benefits has long been neglected. The ACTU have reviewed temporary work conditions and have called for casual workers to receive annual leave, whether it’s after one or two years of service or on a pro rata basis.

Blog comments Your Say

  • Absolutely. It's too easy to whack someone on a casual rate and leave them in that situation where they have little job security and few entitlements. Obviously, casual rates of pay will need to be reduced to reflect their new entitlements to be fair.

    John of Caloundra Thursday 17 May, 2012 - 9:10 AM
  • As a general rule Casual Employees wages include a component to account for Annual Leave and Sick Leave, that is why a Casual Rate in generally some 20% more than a full-time employee.

    But this does not, as I understand it, generally account for Long Service Leave.

    On the other hand, persons engaged in the Building Construction and Contract Cleaning industries do have the benefit of the Portable Long Service ~ Q Leave.

    Managed properly, and not allowed to become a bureaucratic empire building exercise, this system should be able to be easily extended to other industries which rely on the Casual employee pool of workers.

    Amy Thursday 17 May, 2012 - 4:14 AM

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