Casual workers have the same rights as all workers to join and to be represented by a union. Australian unions fight to improve working conditions and safety for all workers. Joining a union can provide you with:
- Representation and support
- Better wages and conditions
- Safe and inclusive work
- Training and networking
As well as accessing this essential individual support, when you join a union, you are joining the fight for all casual workers’ rights.
Australian unions have long campaigned against the increased casualisation of the Australian workforce. Our work laws have made it more difficult to protect permanent work. The result is millions of workers without jobs they can count on.
To stop the rise of insecure and casual work, Australian unions work with members to obtain permanent employment while also campaigning for stronger protections in law.
In May 2020, the union movement secured a big gain for casual workers’ rights when a Federal court ruled that casuals with regular, predictable shifts are actually permanent employees entitled to paid leave. This was an important win, but the fight for more secure work is far from over.
Join your union today to support the campaign against insecure work.
Funding for this factsheet was provided by:
- the Victorian Government as part of the uTech project; and
- the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Please note that the information given here is general information only and is not legal advice. For further assistance, it is recommended you speak to your union.