By Andrew Brosnan
Amazingly, one in five people in WA work in a job without any sick or annual leave entitilements, while nearly 120 000 are tied into contract emplyment. Unions refer to jobs of these description as insecure work, a means of income that comes with a cloud of uncertainty for the employee.
Yesterday, a Contingent Workforce Conference was held in Sydney, an opportunity for the business sector to learn new ways to cut costs. However, the ACTU and UnionsWA believe the conference is aimed at promoting insecure work - a cheap way to operate, but potentially damamging for the working class.
Youth News Reporter Andrew Brosnan spoke to UnionsWA President Meredith Hammat about what this could mean for the Australian workforce.