Support for action for casual workers

Mar 30, 2021

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the following measures to protect the rights of workers currently employed on casual contracts?

  TOTAL: Support TOTAL: Oppose Strongly support Somewhat support Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose Unsure
Right of workers to convert from casual to permanent after six months constant employment if they choose 84% 10% 53% 31% 6% 4% 7%
Recognise the status of gig-based workers who do regular hours as permanent 80% 8% 44% 37% 5% 3% 12%
Mobile leave entitlements for casuals and contract workers (sick leave, LSL) 74% 14% 41% 33% 10% 5% 11%

 

TOTAL: Support Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Right of workers to convert from casual to permanent after six months constant employment if they choose 84% 80% 87% 83% 81% 87% 87% 83% 87% 79%
Recognise the status of gig-based workers who do regular hours as permanent 80% 80% 81% 80% 78% 83% 83% 81% 85% 73%
Mobile leave entitlements for casuals and contract workers (sick leave, LSL) 74% 72% 77% 82% 72% 70% 78% 74% 82% 65%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 332 382 386 382 389 92 122
  • There is strong support for greater protection of workers’ rights. 84% support the right of workers to convert from casual to permanent after six months constant employment if they choose, 80% support the recognition of the status of gig-based workers who do regular hours as permanent and 74% support the introduction of Mobile leave entitlements for casuals and contract workers.

Can we afford a long life?

Jun 19, 2012


Paul Schroder says the nature of our work is changing and the significance and reliance of super will increase — especially as we are all living longer.

In 2002, for every person aged 65 and over, there were about 5.3 people working. By 2043, this will decrease to about 2.5 people. That means less people doing more work to maintain health and other services for a burgeoning older population.

Simultaneously, the nature of work has changed so that there is more contract, casual and self employed workers. Australian Super’s Paul Schroder tells 3Q the great challenge for super is to ensure these people continue to make contributions to secure their retirement. Considering one in three children born today will reach 100, super should take equal priority to the family home when it comes to finances.

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