"With labour hire it feels like workers are stuck in a 'cycle of insecurity', with many pushed into accepting lower rates of pay and working in sub-standard conditions just to keep food on the table. The worst part of it all is by accepting lower wages and inferior conditions you feel like you're part of the race to the bottom where good EBA companies are being squeezed out and our trade is being degraded."
"Every week was stressful because I didn't know if I would have job the next week. Every Friday after lunch I was stressed worrying about whether I'd be working Monday or I'd get the flick. That's the labour hire industry's business model and these companies have made a lot of money off permanent casual workers by denying us job security and pretending we weren't proper employees even though we worked a regular roster week to week."
Around Australia thousands of workers are having their basic entitlements ripped off, shoved into precarious employment and wrongly called “casuals”.
Are you a worker who’s been kept on casual wages?
Do you not get annual leave or sick leave?
Do you work the same basic roster every week?
In 2018, the Federal Court ruled that a FIFO truckie called Paul Skene was actually a permanent employee, despite being called a casual and getting paid the casual loading. This meant that his employer, Workpac, had to pay him his entitlements in full – including annual leave and sick leave.
The Federal Court ruled that under the Fair Work Act, Mr Skene could not be considered a casual worker because the nature of his work was continuous and regular, on a fixed roster and found he was entitled to unpaid loading accrued throughout his two-and-a-half years on the job.
That’s a sizeable amount for an employer to rip you off. And he isn’t the only worker who’s been short-changed while working in similar circumstances.
This is what can happen when workers stand up for their rights, and if you’re a worker in this situation WE NEED YOU TO JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN.
We believe there are hundreds – if not thousands – of FIFO and labour-hire workers across Australia who have been underpaid as casuals and denied the proper entitlements while working a systematic and predictable roster.
Bosses have been taking advantage of regular casuals in this situation and for too long, with FIFO workers some of the worst to be exploited. For too long bosses have wrongfully declared workers casual so they can rip you and your workmates off and deny you the rightful entitlements.
The Federal Court says if you work a regular, systematic and predictable roster you are not a casual and should not treated or paid as such.
Join us in the fight for your rightful wages and conditions to make them pay.
To find out if you are Permanent Casual