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Nothing casual about these workers, Tony.

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Media Release Jenny MacklinMP

Monday, June 23, 2003 NOTHING CASUAL ABOUT THESE WORKERS, TONY There is nothing “casual” about Australia’s growing army of workers trapped in low-paid, low skill and insecure jobs, as Employment Minister Tony Abbott admitted today. In Question Time today Minister Abbott conceded that 52 per cent of all so-called casual workers have been with the same employer for more than 12 months and 54 per cent have regular work patterns. Yet, despite their record of sustained service and regular hours, casual workers are being denied the leave entitlements and security that their full-time colleagues receive. These workers are being denied a fair go in Australia’s workplaces and the Howard Government refuses to do anything about it. In the past seven years the Howard Government has overseen the erosion of full-time work in Australia. Since 1996 the number of men in permanent full-time jobs has gone up just 3.5 per cent, while total casual jobs for men has leapt by 21 per cent. Among women there has been a 7.5 per cent increase in those in permanent full- time jobs, while those in casual employment has jumped 14 per cent. There are now almost 2.2 million workers without any access to leave entitlements. Almost one in three casual workers are working full-time hours but don’t have the leave entitlements and job security vital to balancing work and family commitments. In seven years the Howard Government has done nothing to help casual workers get the job security and leave entitlements they need. More information: Adrian Rollins, 0438 950 375 Deputy Leader of the Opposition

Shadow Minister for Employment, Education, Training & Science

Federal Member for Jagajaga