I don’t get 8 hour days, annual leave or meal breaks but luckily get more than fair pay and very good working conditions. We do well in this country and need to resist the american way that is creeping in for guys like Uber drivers that are needing tips to get anything resembling a decent wage.
I’ve been Casual for 3 years for a National Company, though I get paid by an Agency.
I work Full Time hours, and work every weekday.
Never have I been called up by the Agency to inform me I wasn’t required on any day within those 3 years.
My attendance is good, I’m hardly ever late, and I accept O/T 80% of the time when required.
Furthermore, when the boss is away, I’m basically put in charge of a small crew.
2 years ago, F/T was offered, I gladly accepted and filled in all relevant paperwork, as well as taking my own time out to attend the mandatory Medical.
For some reason, it was placed on Hold…indefinitely it seems.
So still no A/L, no payment for Public Holidays like today, no sick leave/family leave.
I rang Fair Work Australia.
They pretty much just said…“talk to your employer”.
Well der, I’ve already done that.
They also said they would email me thru the relevant sections of the EA.
Still waiting 6 days later.
I was in that situation for maybe fourteen months.
It was with a bank.
At the start it was all gravy but eventually I got pretty sick of the contempt of it all, so I moved into cushy, cushy government work.
Just annoyed I didn’t do it sooner, as all it did was push back my long service leave with this place.
Three months long service leave plus whatever annual leave I have racked up so more like five months on full pay.
Sorry, that sounds like I’m being a jerk, but I’m trying to say I was in your situation and it sucked and I got out and it was worth it.
Edit: Oh, just remembered. Shortly after I left I heard the people in that department were training their Indian replacements.
After the Howard cuts in the public service, there were mass recruitments of casuals just to be able to serve the government according to its wants,
After a while, a rule came in that employment as a casual for 12 months converted to permanent.
That didn’t stop sackings of casuals before the 12 months, but it did bring home gaps in continuity and expertise.
Is there any such rule applying to the private sector?