AMWU individual workers submissions

Anonymous, Frankston (AMWU received via AMWU)

Manufacturing
Employed through a labour hire agency by Programmed labour hire

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

WorkSafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: true

Future secure: true

Solution

Stop companies using labour hire as an easy way to hire, fire. That's all they're here for. From my experience, union/worker rights/safety don't mean anything when you know there's no job, if you bring up an issue that site/labour hire don't like.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. Based at a site permanently for years. Labour hire is used to for easy hire, fire. Eg... If you are injured, too old, bad week, blamed for other people's mistake, pay issues, bring up safety issues or gone from site … and there will be no other work for you … seen this happen to few people over the years … lots of jobs would be unsafe but there still done … a blind eye turned as needed to be fixed but site safety people concentrate on almost no important issues. This happened in Frankston when I was employed by Programmed labour hire. This happened in the Manufacturing industry. Stop companies using labour hire as an easy way to hire, fire. That's all they're here for. From my experience, union/worker rights/safety don't mean anything when you know there's no job if you bring up an issue that site/labour hire don't like.


Russell (AMWU received via AMWU)

Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

WorkSafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

Solution

Punish hire labour companies that exploit full time field employees.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency less than a year ago. Hire labour companies do not want full time employees, only casuals. Punish hire labour companies that exploit full time field employees.


Anonymous, Melbourne (AMWU received via AMWU)

Metal
Employed through a labour hire agency by ESP Techforce, Chelgrave, Skilled Engineering @ Nissan Casting Plant

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

Stop importing foreign labour. They are not skilled as we are, their resumes are found to be fraudulent … they are unsafe and dangerous and will do "whatever is asked" without adhering to OH&S.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency more than a year ago. Labour hire is not what it used to be as a full union member. They are now cutting penalty rates (opting for a flat rate for all weekend work etc.) and OH&S is not adhered to by contract employers. The attitude is get in and get the job done without JSA etc. Bad jobs that only lasted less than a week, with no regard for employees. This happened at Nissan Casting Plant, Dandenong when I was employed by ESP Techforce, Chelgrave, Skilled engineering... This happened in the Metal industry. Stop importing foreign labour. They are not skilled as we are, their resumes are found to be fraudulent … they are unsafe and dangerous and will do "whatever is asked" without adhering to OH&S.


John (AMWU received via AMWU)

Automotive industry
Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

WorkCover and employers should respond in a timelier manner.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency more than a year ago. I think the auto manufacturer higher rate than labour hire rate … had accident at work and I felt that health was not the first concern… if you take leave for holidays you left the job … after accident six week before workers compensation pay was able and longer for my medical expense. This happened in the automotive industry. WorkCover and employer should responds in a timelier manner.


Anonymous, Hotham Heights (AMWU received via AMWU)

Construction
Contracting with an ABN but to one employer only by the builder

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

Regulation of labour hire is an absolute priority.

Story

I was contracting with an ABN but to one employer only, more than a year ago. Having a position of responsibility, I'm was driver of safety. When the job finished so did the money, time to look for more work. Young family, anxiety of providing for young family. This happened in construction, Hotham Heights when I was employed by the builder. Regulation of labour hire is an absolute priority.


Anonymous (AMWU received via AMWU)

Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

WorkSafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: true

Solution

Stop foreign labor.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency more than a year ago. Stop foreign labor.


Anonymous (AMWU received via AMWU)

A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

Buy Australian Made policy, clear and simple food labelling laws, proper training of our young and removal of 457 visa systems. Crackdown on businesses with serious deterrent penalties for employment of illegal workers. Immediately introduce laws preventing corporate tax evasion.

Story

I was a directly employed casual less than a year ago. Casual trade work that did not comply with basic award and OH&S conditions. Asked repeatedly to carry out unsafe work practices in workshop conditions that did not comply with basic workplace laws and WorkSafe legislation.

Company knew they could easily flout the law as inspection and compliance checks were unlikely and could easily be ignored with no real deterrents to worry about. Asked to use unsafe plant & equipment. Abusive and bullying culture in the workplace Steady decline and removal of workplace conditions based around changes in workplace conditions, laws and legislation.

Buy Australian Made policy, clear and simple food labelling laws, proper training courses for our young and removal of 457 visa systems. Crackdown on businesses with serious deterrent penalties for employment of illegal workers and visa fraud. Immediately introduce laws preventing Corporate tax evasion. Stop asking education to produce a profit. Removal of private RTO's. Reemploy staff in public service departments to provide a public service. Heavily tax gambling, alcohol, cigarettes. Upgrade train system networks. Buy back privatised government assets and services. Privatisation and contracting does not deliver improved public service standards. Removal of contract based employment contracts.


Adam Richard, Melbourne (received via AMWU)

Engineering/Manufacturing
Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

If employers can't afford to put workers on to jobs long term, employees should be given contract terms through labor hire, where you get the same benefits as a full time worker. Example: The host company say we have work for two months, so your contract is a two month contract with same wage conditions and company conditions as the host company award as per state regulation for that two months. This way you can know when work could finish and you can find more work during that period. You would also accumulate sick and holiday leave that year while being employed in that labor hire company, regardless of how many contract positions you have there each year. If the company have extended the contract to a maximum of let's say, six months, they by law should have to hire you as permanent for any time thereafter. If they don't hire you after this, then put yet another employee in that same role for another six month position without offering the original contractor a permanent position first, they should be liable and the contractor should have the right to challenge to keep the position though means of state or federal services, i.e. Fairwork.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency less than a year ago. When I was first paid, I found out I was getting less than the permanent employees in the host company. I was getting a labourers rate with no penalties, yet I am a fully qualified tradesmen. (Boilermaker/Welder.) I thought perhaps the penalty on top of my wage was entitled to the labor hire company but found out it wasn't and that was my full wage. Other employees had complained about this and were fired the same day. The conditions weren't any better, I only had one break the entire day which was lunch, and we worked 5 and a half hours straight to lunch and then the rest to finish. If we did over time, it would mean 5 and a half to lunch and 5 and a half to finish, on the Friday, we finished an hour and a half earlier, we'd just work a 6 hour straight shift with no break.

On one occasion I was abused by my foreman for going to the toilet one morning and threatened with my job. As a labor hire worker, you had to supply your own uniform and some additional PPE as per requirement, which is more of a consumable in welding fabrication. All the welding bay's didn't have screens so the owner and director could freely walk around us and watch us constantly whilst we were working, however on hot 40 plus degrees days the owner would hand us icy poles so we could keep working fast in 45* heat and still no morning break. I had little choice of any other employment as I felt I had to be grateful that I have a job and like I said, if you complain, you were gone.

Working in extreme heat, not being able to have restroom breaks, no extraction of harmful smoke, fumes and chemicals, leads were never tagged or tested. Money for bills being the big one, when the company ran out of work, we are sent of that day with no real warning. If you need to take a day off cause you're sick, to see a doctor, collect your child etc. those hours away are unpaid which you may not have an option to make up for. This was had for my wife and me to balance the budget. The fatigue and low morale certainly put a dampener on to my home life as well.

When work was on, I would play catch up on debits that would accumulate whilst I hadn't been working. I could afford to pay for essentials on week to week with my wife's wage as well but my income alone wasn't enough. My yearly wage to date the last couple years was similar to that of an adult apprentice wage. I know this as I was on one. This happened in the Engineering/Manufacturing industry.

If employers can't afford to put workers on to jobs long term, employees should be given contract terms through labor hire, where you get the same benefits as a full time worker. Example: The host company say we have work for two months, so your contract is a two month contract with same wage conditions and company conditions as the host company award as per state regulation for that two months. This way you can know when work could finish and you can find more work during that period. You would also accumulate sick and holiday leave that year while being employed in that labor hire company, regardless of how many contract positions you have there each year. If the company have extended the contract to a maximum of let's say, six months, they by law should have to hire you as permanent for any time thereafter. If they don't hire you after this, then put yet another employee in that same role for another six month position without offering the original contractor a permanent position first, they should be liable and the contractor should have the right to challenge to keep the position though means of state or federal services, i.e. Fairwork.


Wayne James (AMWU received via AMWU)

Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

Put more control on labour hire companies. When they first came out they were a good aid to industry, but now they have turned into a scourge with unreputable and fly by night companies!

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency more than a year ago. Pay rates lower than the last time I had worked there and when asked why was told to shut up or f**k off!! If anyone got hurt, you would be taken to their doctor, and after seeing the doctor, the company rep would go in to see the doctor and would come out with a cert to say you could return to work either straight away or the next day???

Sometimes you would work a full week other times 1or 2 days … you could not organise anything!

Only due to my partner working could we reliably pay bills/mortgage and put food on the table each week! It was only because my partner worked that we got a mortgage loan as the bank considered my income too unreliable!!! Put more control on labour hire companies. When they first came out they were a good aid to industry, but now they have turned into a scourge with unreputable and fly by night companies!


Luke Webber (CEPU received via AMWU)

A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

LISTEN to the workers on the floor. IGNORE the corporations CEO to reduce costs to make more profit. The people that build the job are the ones to care about and listen to. CEO's and board of directors are never going to miss out, so why not share the pie?

Story

I was a directly employed casual more than a year ago. Pay was okay. But when they tried to make an amendment for wages paid wrongly as tricky as possible. Why, I don't know. So many hoops to jump through. Issues raised in regards to safety ALWAYS ignored first, second and in some cases third (or more) times. It's all fun and games until some kids' father never comes home to them again.

Made to jump through hoops for family reasons. Explaining every minute detail of your life simply to take leave that you worked for to accrue anyway. It's an invasion of privacy and a hindrance on our basic work rights.

Redundancy pay per week was pathetic on my last job, if I hadn't of left and was made redundant, I couldn't have lived any longer than 4 weeks without starting to go under. Higher redundancy rates must be applied for states other than Victoria. LISTEN to the workers on the floor. IGNORE the corporations CEO to reduce costs to make more profit. The people that build the job are the ones to care about and listen to. CEO's and board of directors are never going to miss out, so why not share the pie?


Dan Gelder Melbourne (AMWU received via AMWU)

Food
Employed through a labour hire agency by Skilled Ativo @ Nestle, Mondelze, Mission, Biada and many more.

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

Australia first, stick the free trade agreement. Create not just jobs but careers and stop sending them oversees. We need to make things like CARS, boats/ships, heavy manufacturing, and light manufacturing. Things should be made in Australia and not imported. Not everyone can sit in front of a computer all their lives, which seems to be the government's way of thinking.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency less than 3 months ago. After three months the company would sack me then rehire me so they wouldn't have to put me on permanent. Very rarely got payed correct hourly rate … I had a small welding burn to my arm. When explaining what happened to the rep he flat out said I was lying and then said it again in front of the whole work crew. Shortly after I was sacked!

I believe not being able to get a permanent job, the financial and emotional flow on affect has been a major factor in three of my relationships failing. Every day is a struggle, not knowing if I can pay rent or bills. Budgeting for everything. Then when I think I'm getting ahead ... bam out of work again!

This happened at Nestle, Models, Mission, Biada and many more in Melbourne when I was employed by Skilled Ativo. This happened in the food industry.

Australia first, stick the free trade agreement. Create not just jobs but careers and stop sending them oversees. We need to make things like CARS, boats/ships, heavy manufacturing, and light manufacturing. Things should be made in Australia and not imported. Not everyone can sit in front of a computer all their lives, which seems to be the government's way of thinking.


Anonymous, Jakarta, Indonesia (AMWU received via AMWU)

Mapping, Surveying & Town planning
On a rolling contract by Capricorn Surveys P/L

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

Make all legal fees "No win, No pay".

Story

I was on a rolling contract more than a year ago. I had a contract stating conditions and pay but employer cheated on both blaming "that stupid girl in the Pay Office". He wound up owing me approx. $50,000 but paid out over $100,000 in my and his legal fees when he lost but I got nothing - not even an apology. This happened at Capricorn Surveys P/L, Jakarta, INDONESIA when I was employed by Capricorn Surveys P/L. This happened in the Mapping, Surveying & Town Planning industry. Make all legal fees "No win, No pay".


Jessica Wallace, Melbourne (received via AMWU)

Auction house/valuations
A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

WorkSafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: true

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

Government support for unstable pay (not like a job seeker, as they are clearly two very different things). Food vouchers for casual workers. Reduced rate/payment plan options like a concession for public transport and vehicle registration. There are infinite things that the government could do to support the problem, while still benefiting from the solution.

Story

I was a directly employed casual more than a year ago. Casuals are never taken seriously in a workplace. It is the nature of the casual role to be left poor from a slow week, month etc. Without a reliable pay check, how can you either a) support yourself, b) risk losing the small income you have to go to the same scenario in another workplace? Trying to support myself, pay rent etc. without the support of Centrelink for the unreliable pay was insanely difficult. Resulting in serious depression and anxiety, and expensive psychotherapy bills. Being homeless was a big worry. Paying my car registration was near impossible, and insuring my car was not even an option!

I could go on about how I often went without food to make sure I could get to work. Bills were always late, with threats of disconnection. I am still in debt from being casually employed, and likely will be for some time to come. I was working in Melbourne at the time. This happened in the auction house/valuations industry. If I could do anything to fix the current situation, I would create Government support for unstable pay (not like a job seeker, as they are clearly two very different things). Food vouchers for casual workers. Reduced rate/payment plan options alike a concession for public transport and vehicle registration. There are infinite things that the government could do to support the problem, while still benefiting from the solution


Chris (received via AMWU)

A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

WorkSafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: true

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

Somehow reduce company's putting people on casual or at least have fix term contracts for employees, but ultimately aim to create more full time jobs.

Story

I am directly employed as a casual in my current job. Currently just get an hourly rate, with no Incolink and on top of that we get no 25% casual loading on the company's base rate. I currently work with another casual and I just wanted to know after how long being in a casual role should the company put you full time?

The reason I ask is because my current casual colleague has been casual for the company for over a year but just before every 6 months the employer forces him to go on leave therefore avoiding putting him full time which I believe is 6 months.

The main stress I encounter when working casual is not having job security… being casual your last day could be tomorrow … not ideal when you are paying a mortgage …on top of that I have to deal with the in-house politics of being casual i.e. the company's full time employees not willing to help casuals because they fear we will take their jobs which causes division and adds further stress to being casual. It would be nice if somehow the government can give more protection and backup to casual workers but ultimately more full time jobs is key or giving company's more incentive to hire full time workers.


David Evison, Thomastown (received via AMWU)

Tractor import
On a rolling contract

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

More powers to unions to organise and make small workplaces safer and also heavy penalties on companies that disregard the law.

Story

I was on a rolling contract more than a year ago. The 38hr week was not adhered to all employees forced to work 40 hrs plus. Penalty rates were not paid on overtime. There was no leave loading and we were told that no Award covered us when there was.

Safety at the place was non-existent, when I tried to discuss safety issues and set up DWG's we were not allowed to hold free elections for reps. The managing directors of the company insisted that they picked the OHS rep not the workers, I suggested we get WORKSAFE in to help and they accused me of threatening them. I was then told my job had become redundant and was immediately retrenched.

I had a predictable roster because I refused to work unpaid overtime, others in the company were not as fortunate. The work was dangerous and it was only a matter of time before someone was seriously injured. I was the only person in a union and the other workers brought their issues to me constantly. The result was I lost my job. This happened in the Tractor import industry at a factory in Thomastown, Vic. More powers to unions to organise and make small workplaces safer and also heavy penalties on companies that disregard the law.


Anonymous (AMWU received via AMWU)

Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

WorkSafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: true

Future secure: true

Solution

Less casual work more weekly hire/permanent positions.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency more than a year ago. I feel that to raise issues made you a target. As above, to raise concerns about health/safety makes you a target. Less casual work more weekly hire/permanent positions.


Anonymous, Craigieburn (AMWU received via AMWU)

Food industries
A directly employed casual by HUDSON PACIFIC @ Bakery Fresh Ltd, Dairy Country, Bakers and Command Hudson Pacific

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

If I am prime minister, first I …seize all the factories who not follow the rule, regulation and laws. Because they are not human beings …if they are human so already follow the rules, but they breach the rules basically they have no fear of law and order, most of the time those kind of peoples play with them. That's why I am worried about our future generation.

Story

I was a directly employed casual more than a year ago. More than three years my under wages stuck and matter is not resolved. As well as I have serious work related back injury, too much discrimination, harassment, racism and bullying on the work. Serious back injury (work time) more than three years. Due to lifting 50, 60 kg more than couple of hundred times in one day … butter man job is very hard because mixing the butter and margarine is not easy, as well as filled the trolleys more than 1200 kg and 1400 kg with Mazarin and butter up to over our shoulder and head. After those trolleys self-pushed into the cold and hot rooms. Lifting self-garlic buckets up to chest height (45 kg to 60 kg). Same when filled the breads in basket and nearly two rack in one trolley those trolley are also very heavy in weight, sometime pushed in cold room some time in outside the packing room, and then again pushed to packing room by self.

My life is totally shattered, no hope in my life I can't do any work in my future. I am totally handicap men due to my work related injury, most of the time i am sick. I already explain no hope in my future due my health issues, I have no source of income, I am always in tension, stress, anxiety and worried about my children s future because I am disabled I can't do any kind of work, I knocked too many doors but no one come forward to help me practically in genuine and good way.

This happened at Bakery fresh put ltd, Dairy country, Bakers n command Hudson pacific, and I was employed by HUDSON PACIFIC. This happened in the Food industries. If I am prime minister, first I seize all the factories who not follow the rule, regulation and laws. Because they are not human beings if they are human so already follow the rules, but they breach the rules basically they have no fear of law and order, most of the time those kind of peoples play with them. That's why I am worried about our future generation


Anonymous (AMWU received via AMWU)

A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

WorkSafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: false

Leave: true

Future secure: false

Solution

Place a limit on casual work length with an unfair dismissal clause.

Story

I was a directly employed casual less than a year ago. Untidy workshop with the radio blaring; unable to make financial plans; place a limit on casual work length with an unfair dismissal clause.


Anonymous (AMWU received via CFMEU)

On a rolling contract

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

Rip the free trade agreement in half, retain manufacturing, and make the corporates pay tax!

Story

I was on a rolling contract in my current job. No stability, no future, no certainty. Consistent breech of providing and maintaining a safe work environment. 4/1 roster, constriction, insecurity. Rip the free trade agreement in half, retain manufacturing, and make the corporates pay tax!


Ryan Macgregor, Darwin, Gladstone (AMWU received via AMWU)

Oil and gas, power
A directly employed casual by Skilled offshore, BMC @ Saipem, MPHS

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

More projects in Victoria

Story

I was a directly employed casual in my current job. I've been a casual pressure welder for about 5 to 6 years and I'm over it!! Two kids and a wife at home I'm forever working away interstate. Talk about pay and conditions; they'll get someone else to do it. Where do I start? In the big picture, incidents seem to get brushed under the carpet and the job is more important. I do a lot of shutdown work and haven't had a good holiday for years. I'm working away a lot which impacts on family life a lot. Lucky my wife understands our position. A full time job at home would be a godsend but it's probably a pipe dream. Insecure work!! That explains it in a nutshell... This happened at Saipem, mhps, Darwin, Gladstone when I was employed by Skilled offshore, bmc. This happened in the Oil and gas, power industry. More projects in Victoria.


Anonymous, Knoxfield (AMWU received via AMWU)

On a rolling contract @ Mondelez

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

I'm not that smart. That's why I'm working in a factory.

Story

I was on a rolling contract in my current job. Too much manual handling. There is no proper job rotation. Only few people always do hardyard. This happened at Mondelez. I'm not that smart. That's why I'm working in a factory.


Patrick Welch (AMWU received via AMWU)

A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

WorkSafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

Solution

Ensure authorities would fine fruit contractors for their failings. Make very public what employers should be doing and how to report them with quick response and swift action. Make working as a harvest worker a normal job with all rights and conditions provided to workers.

Story

I was a directly employed casual in my current job. In the fruit picking industry orchardists are using third parties to run harvest labour. They cut deeply into workers conditions. Many pay you after tax rates, no superannuation. It is disgusting. In the last 4 years I've been ripped off thousands of dollars. I've heard that in the constitution when business uses a third party to run labour they must pay at least the equal of what the employer was paying. Ensure authorities would fine fruit contractors for their failings. Make very public what employers should be doing and how to report them with quick response and swift action. Make working as a harvest worker a normal job with all rights and conditions provided to workers.


Anonymous, Epping (AMWU received via AMWU)

Infrastructure
A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

Solution

Abolish all the recruitment agency that monopolized the job in Victoria.

Story

I was a directly employed casual in my current job. As a casual employee, you need to provide your own PPE and it's expensive to purchase good quality PPE. No guarantee for any entitlements when there is no job and worrying that anytime the company can terminate me loosing hope for the system and no fate for the better future. This happened in the Infrastructure industry. Abolish all the recruitment agency that monopolized the job in Victoria.


Anonymous, Dandenong (AMWU received via AMWU)

A directly employed casual @ Stairform Ltd

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: true

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

Create more jobs for local people than giving privilege to foreigners.

Story

I was a directly employed casual in my current job. I started as a labourer after one fortnight I was working as CNC machine operator until now and I still get labourers rate and on the top of it he asks us to clean the mess. Sparks from plasma cutting machine come straight on you …the list is long … For the last 6 months I am still on casual. This happened at Stairform Ltd, Dandenong. Create more jobs for local people than giving privilege to foreigners.


Anonymous, Melbourne (AMWU received via AMWU)

Manufacturing
Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

Get rid of the employment agencies and make employers employ full time or part time staff. My parents were born in Australia, they never worked casual.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency more than 10 years ago. The pay in a casual job can be as low as $13 an hour and if you raise any questions your employer will ring the labour hire company and tell them not to send you back. Once again if you raised any concerns about OH&S you would not get work you must go to work every day they ring you. The people who had no children got the most work. When you work casual you are stressed all the time you cannot think of the future.

If you are young you cannot think of buying a car or house you live alone and day to day it is miserable and sets you up for a miserable life … there is not a lot of difference between that and the dole. I worked for many companies in Melbourne when I was employed by different agencies. This happened in the Manufacturing industry. Get rid of the employment agencies and make employers employ full time or part time staff. My parents were born in Australia, they never worked casual.


Grant Cassar, Geelong (AMWU received via AMWU)

Food manufacturing
On a rolling contract by Chef fresh/Wesfarmers @ Chef fresh

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: true

Future secure: false

Solution

We need a governing body to ensure employers big or small are complying with all laws and policies. People who are injured at work need so much more support than they get. Help in retraining and maintaining stable and suitable employment is needed.

Story

I was on a rolling contract in my current job. Any time I have had pay problems I was met with numerous unprofessional and unhelpful responses. Had to join union due to my work refusing to fix my pay. I am currently on WorkCover due to a back injury. I believe the employer is negligent and didn't provide adequate tools or man power to do my job. Due to laws surrounding Workcover I was forced to live under the minimum award wage and have since had to go back earlier than I feel ready to. I was severely disadvantaged in my opinion and feel I have no job security now due to the difference in my treatment at work. I have no option to find work elsewhere as I am only trained in physically demanding positions.

We are on a 6 month contract basis. There have been many people losing their jobs recently and contracts being ended early due to a lack of work. I don't understand the point of a contact that the employer isn't bound by. They are now changing this so 3 month contracts are imposed. Financial problems due to injury. I am in serious debt to people, my daughter has gone without a lot and I have gone without seeing her as I can't afford the 6 hour drive every fortnight. This is the first fulltime position (contract) vie had in years and to be honest it feels as secure as a casual position.

This happened at Chef Fresh, Geelong when I was employed by Chef fresh/Westfarmers. This happened in the Food manufacturing industry.

We need a governing body to ensure employers big or small are complying with all laws and policies. People who are injured at work need so much more support than they get. Help in retraining and maintaining stable and suitable employment is needed.


Sunilkumar Dave (AMWU received via AMWU)

Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: true

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

Try to create more jobs with benefits like sick leave, annual leave, and super.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. I am doing loading and unloading in open area and under subcontractor; as per job I am earning less pay… Lifting of heavy box sometimes and work in very hot, cold and open area …If I take leave I not get paid and no chance to become permanent; because working as a delivery driver under sub-contractor …No job security …Try to create more jobs with benefits like sick leave, annual leave, super.


Anonymous, Ballarat (AMWU received via AMWU)

A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Story

I was a directly employed casual in my current job. Frequently called into 12 hour night shifts without given enough notice to sleep. I cannot plan anything when not rostered on as I am expected to come in if called. Work is never guaranteed.


Anonymous (AMWU received via AMWU)

Boiler making
A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

WorkSafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

Solution

Make 457s redundant. Registration of all tradesmen so there was proof they could hire locally before hiring abroad. Strict labour hire so they can't undercut each other till it was an affordable (they are the reason wages are declining so fast after all).

Story

I was a directly employed casual in my current job. Being casual you have to take nearly every hour to cover times that work may not be available. This strains young families, we can't always plan a weekend I may have to work. It's becoming clear that while your family time is important but realistically we are valuing our jobs over it to provide for our loved ones.

When your job is a day by day or even week by week at best we always stress about the bills and what not. This happened in the Boiler making industry. Make 457s redundant. Registration of all tradesmen so there was proof they could hire locally before hiring abroad. Strict labour hire so they can't undercut each other till it was an affordable (they are the reason wages are declining so fast after all).


Leeanne (received via AMWU)

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

    

Brad Hector Melbourne (AMWU received via VTHC)

Mining
Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: true

Future secure: false

Solution

No Discrimination

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency more than a year ago. Not paid on time; no overtime loading; his way or the highway; discrimination; discrimination. Unsafe work. Poor tooling. This happened in the Mining industry. No Discrimination.


Alan Harrison, Campbellfield (AMWU received via VTHC)

Transport
Employed through a labour hire agency by Action workforce @ Linfox

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: false

WorkSafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

All casual agreements should be registered with a government department, and very stringent conditions placed upon the employer so that people cannot be taken advantage of. And companies cannot abuse a system not intended for how it's being used by the big company's.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency more than a year ago. I was working full time hours, after penalty rates was only getting between 18-22 dollars per hour; no sick leave; no annual leave. And if you missed a day due to sickness you may not work again for weeks at a time. Also if you were working full time hours you would be stood down for a few weeks just before you had the right to ask for permanent employment.

You are just used and abused as cheap slave labour because of lazy and bad management practices. It's always big company's like Linfox for example that abuse the casual system and have people working full time hours as a casual instead of a gainful full time position.

It's an absolute disgrace …if you were to bring up a significant complaint they would no longer require your services, and just call in the next available person.

Financial security was always the first worry in anything you did relating to work. Getting housing loans paying rent and just general living standards all paid the price for casual employment.

This happened at Linfox, Campbellfield when I was employed by Action workforce. This happened in the Transport industry. All casual agreements should be registered with a government department, and very stringent conditions placed upon the employer so that people cannot be taken advantage of. And companies cannot abuse a system not intended for how it's being used by the big company's

Page last updated: 20 July 2016