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Abusing The Rights Of Casual Staff Is Becoming The Full-Time Job Of Big Business

Jim Stanford, Harold Innis Industry Professor in Economics, discusses the implications casual work has in Australia's labour market.

Oct 19, 2018

Until the 1990s, almost all workers, even part-timers, had permanent jobs with reasonably predictable schedules and access to normal work-related entitlements (like paid holidays and sick time).

But then employers became obsessed with achieving “flexibility” in hiring. Flexibility sounds like a good thing, but in practice it meant granting employers more freedom to disemploy their workers, with no notice and no severance costs.

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