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Casual Employment Over Permanent Employment!

The economy of any nation ought to be measured in the employment of the people for with the employment of their people come the capacity to live in freedom; however the question is is there any value in casual employment over permanent employment when evaluation the robust nature of an economy? Is there a wise balance in the whole equation before the nation of balancing employer and employee needs and wants??

A robust economy is where the least qualified can get a meaningful job! 

Full story:  Showdown over casual workforce – The Australian, 12_27_2017

Both the union and the employer groups have good and strong points But why have we got to where we are?

Yet another story on this casual employment issue:  http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/industrial-relations/showdown-over-casual-workforce-as-unions-bosses-clash/news-story/237afa4e0786d81876974437fe859ed8?utm_source=The%20Australian&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=editorial&utm_content=TodaySHeadlines

Trade Unions also need to note: Some people want to work as a casual – the flexibility can be great. Young people get their break into the workforce as a casual. Businesses who can’t afford to have more permanent staff may have no choice but to keep casuals on for 6 months and then let them go. Leading to less stability in the workforce as people move from job to job more frequently. In the unions’ efforts to pick on the employer, they could yet again ended up hitting the people they are supposed to represent.

Businesses can afford to have a casual workforce when unemployment is higher and as the employment levels reach 100% of the potential workforce then the need for staff to be there every day creates a loyalty so better conditions are offered to retain the better employees or at least the number of staff needed most of the time.So it is in one sense better for businesses that their be a pool of unemployed from which eager workers can be found and as the employee need for funds may be increased then styles of employment offered will be the most advantageous and this can be reduced rates of pay, short notice for hours and reduced working conditions. Unionized labor can be avoided because of the potential issues that may arise. Employees may feel unable to complain about compromised conditions as shifts will not be offered to “trouble makers”. In fact a strategy used in many work places is to get 2 complaints against all employees as soon as possible as the law permits 3 complaints and dismissal can be instantaneous as required from time to time. some larger businesses create divisions employing 99 employees, or under, so that unfair dismissal claims can not be made against them. 

There has been a strong move from permanent employment to casual employment over the last several years and there are some good and bad points on both sides of the equation but the real question is what is both good for the employee and the employer and the answer seems to be a mixture of both.

There are those out there in business that want to be lean on staff as often  as possible they will fluctuate the staff numbers as they predict need for workers, if the demand for work for that day is more than anticipated then they may expect more from the workers on the floor while if the demand seems to be less they will ask staff to either take an unscheduled break of send them home early. As to the employee, there are cost that must be covered unless they have limited financial needs, but most have either rent or a mortgage to pay and then there the living expenses before any savings or entertainment expenses can be found from their wages.So from most employees there is an actual base amount that needs to be earned before they consider that their need for employment is flexible. That is the actual picture. Loyalty to employees and employers is becoming a very rare thing as we become so focused on the bottom line and to most that is the only point that needs focusing upon. Personally I know of loyalty and though there is little loyalty towards me I am cut in the loyalty mode, and I yearn for it as that is some thing that makes me what I am as a person.   

Employees go through various stages and each needing a baseline of income and each stage requires a style of employment either full-time, permanent-part-time, or causal. Some workers need extra income so they may have regular overtime in their full-time job or a full-time job and a second casual job for the extra income. So from an employees point o view there needs to be a mixture of positions on offer to satisfy the various and changing needs.

From Employers points of view when they consider that the wages bill is something that must be managed to keep a business viable and so the trade off for the best outcomes must be made and loyalty has been virtually traded away for the expediency of the moment and this is fully enabled due to the excess supply of workers available. While government figures put the unemployment rate at reasonable levels there is clear evidence that the unemployment rate is extremely high. I recall a new business opening in Newcastle area needing about 150 employees had to close applications after being overwhelmed by over 1000 applicants within a two days after calling for applicants. 

In the end both the employers and the employees have many issues that need careful discussions to discover a path forward that will give both job security at the level an employee will need from time to time and a guarantee that there will be sufficient staff to support the business needs. Earnest and strong discussions are necessary at a resolution but having the balance and flexible employee and employer relationship will always help. From the government’s position there needs to be better arrangements to make sure that current unfair arrangements that make manufacturing and other labor intense industries not viable in Australia be significantly changed so as to make them more viable. We know that the so called free trade deals have cost our jobs in manufacturing and so a close look at them will make significant changes that will enhance our potential job prospects. Clearly the reestablishment of defense industries manufacturing would assist in employment and enhance the independence of Australia. A very serious approach to this will only happen if Christian Democratic Party members are elected to the national parliament.   

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