Kathryn Breakwell, Victorian DLP Senate candidate in the 2018 federal election, has been examining the increasing and concerning trend towards the “casualisation” of the Australian workforce. As many of you know, Kathryn is a Tram Driver and an active member of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union in Victoria.
Kathryn and the DLP executive believe that the ‘creeping casualisation’ of the workforce, as well as the increasing level of part-time recruitment to replace full-time positions, is a significant detriment to the long-term security of the Australian workforce.
While the growth of part-time employment is used to superficially inflate employment figures, the reality is that more and more Australian workers are facing uncertainty and reduced income.
The DLP believes this not only impacts workers, but has implications for quality and safety as the experience levels and professional mastery of the workforce declines. The DLP believes that maintaining a strong basis in full-time employment is not only fair but contributes significantly towards a culture whereby workers feel they have a strong investment in the quality of their work. This in turn benefits everyone.
DLP campaigns in the recent elections focused on this problem and we will continue to do so in the hope of reversing this damaging and short-sighted trend.