Universities are now required to offer permanent jobs to casual staff who meet time employed and hours worked thresholds –at Uni Sydney few do
The new requirements are in the Fair Work Act and universities are assessing applications now. Key tests people must meet are having been in a position for a year and in a consistent pattern for six months (CMM April 21 and September 7).
Uni Sydney advises that of 4173 total staff assessed, 63 casuals have been offered conversion to continuing employment.
““Given the sessional and seasonal nature of much of our work, the majority of our casual workforce do not have a regular pattern of hours on an ongoing basis as required by the legislation and therefore did not receive offers,” a university spokesperson told CMM yesterday.