The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) is calling on the Albanese Labor Government to expand the casual conversion provisions within the Closing Loopholes Bill to better cover Australian Public Service (APS) employees.
The Bill, which is heavily focused on addressing casual employment rights, will make significant progress towards providing the job security and certainty that Australian workers need.
Currently, APS employees’ risk being excluded from the benefit of the right to convert to ongoing employment.
The union believes the current exclusion of APS employees is contrary to the Bills’ intentions, and that it should be amended to ensure there is no barrier to conversion for APS employees.
Quotes attributable to Melissa Donnelly, CPSU National Secretary:
“The CPSU calls on the Albanese Labor Government to take immediate action to expand the casual conversion provisions within the Closing Loopholes Bill to provide better coverage for casual employees in the APS.
“All workers, including those within the APS, should have access to the rights and benefits of secure employment.
“Agencies and Departments across the APS should be working to find ways to retain skilled and experienced staff – converting casual employees to secure and ongoing employment is one way to do that.
“The proposed exclusion could see APS agencies avoid casual conversion, which risks them losing staff who want and need job security.
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