Millions trapped in insecure work


Casual workers should be given annual leave while bosses should be banned from keeping workers in unstable work long-term, an ACTU report recommends.

Former deputy prime minister Brian Howe is launching his report into insecure work in Sydney on Wednesday, which estimates that 40 per cent of Australians are trapped in unstable jobs.

It recommends that casual work only be allowed in situations where work is irregular or short-term, and that employers be banned from creating temporary jobs where there are “reasonable grounds” to expect the work will continue.

Casual workers should also be given access to annual leave while labour hire firms should be part of a licensing system and be treated as employers, the report says.

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Comment: Underemployment and unemployment should both be considered in the job market.

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