The NSW Labor Council’s Secure Employment Test Case will commence hearings in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission on Tuesday.

In one of the most significant cases ever to go before the IRC, the union movement will seek significant changes to the way employers can use casual workers, labour hire and contracting out.

The case, before a full bench of the Commission, will hear evidence from casual workers about the impact of insecure on their lives including:

  • inability to get loans from banks
  • inability to take annual holidays over many years
  • difficulties in discharging family responsibilities.
  • The claim: Unions are seeking three core job security rights:

    (i) the right for casual workers to be offered permanent employment when they have worked regularly for more than six months.

    (ii) the right for labour hire workers to be paid the same rates of pay as workers employed by the host employer

    (iii) employers contracting work out must offer existing workers alternative employment with the contractor – at the same rate of pay.

    The case will apply directly to workers in the NSW public sector, local government and warehousing industries. It will also flow through, on application, to all the 1.2 million workers covered by the NSW award system.

    Workers who will give evidence during the case will be available to comment to the media before the proceedings commence

    WHERE: NSW Industrial Relations Commission
    50 Philip Street Sydney
    WHEN: Workers available – 9.45am.
    Case commences 10am