Saturday, 17 October 2015

Casual use of casual employees.

Many businesses now are heavily utilising casual employees via labour hire. Increased flexibility the cry. This in the short term can be a win-win for both parties. Unfortunately in some cases, many I believe it is heavily weighted in favor of the employer. Originally casual labour was meant to be short term leading to the possibility of full-time employment. It is not being used in this way by many employers.
I have seen first-hand employers with casual employees that have been on the same treadmill for several years. No annual leave. The day's cut without notice. No sick leave. Bullied into working overtime when it suits the business requirements.Often not written into EBAs they also miss the incremental pay increases the Companies say they have made in good faith.
It's heavily weighted in favor of the business. It eventually gets to a point where it is detrimental to all involved. People get burnt out when treated this way by employers. It eventually leads to OHS concerns and performance issues.
Our MPs don't do enough to ensure these employment types are scrutinised.They really need to look at the human cost.