One in four Australian employees – over 2 million workers – are casual employees, with no job security and no right to paid leave, even when they get sick. Australia has one of the highest rates of casual employment in the developed world.
Casual employment is particularly high in some sectors of the economy, and is becoming increasingly prevalent in the transport sector. The use of labour hire firms is already common in cleaning services and in infrastructure maintenance.
The RTBU is campaigning to improve the rights of temporary and causal workers in the transport sector. Increasing the density of union membership in labour hire firms is the best way to make sure that workers in those firms are treated with respect, and are able to negotiate for better wages and conditions.