ACTU pitch to help casual teachers
The ACTU aims to help casual teachers into permanent jobs through a claim to be lodged next month with the Fair Work Commission under the current review of the modern award system. “This is about the teachers, receptionists, disability support and aged care workers who are already genuinely working permanent hours and deserve to have that recognised,” said ACTU President Ged Kearney, adding that the submission is focused on workers who are permanent in everything but name, not genuine casuals such as students who work irregular shifts in bars or restaurants. “Casual employees, even if they are working regular hours, live with the knowledge that their jobs are not secure. This makes it harder for them to get loans, rent a house and get access to training and promotion opportunities," the ACTU President said. She said employers who already pay casual workers a loading in lieu of sick or annual leave would face no extra expense in giving workers those entitlements as permanent staff. There are more than 2 million casual workers in Australia.