Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Casualisation Agreement; Both Sides Want to Fix the Problem

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Casualisation Agreement; Both Sides Want to Fix the Problem

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Byline: Leighton Smith Leighton.Smith@capnews.com.au

A RARE olive leaf has been extended between Capricornia's political foes regarding CQ's festering issue of workplace casualisation.

Last week, Labor's candidate for Capricornia Russell Robertson publicly shared a letter he had written to Capricornia MP Michelle Landry inviting her to come to the Giddy Goat this Friday to meet with casual workers from the community and to listen to their concerns.

"I will be meeting with casual workers face to face next week to talk to them about Labor's plan to crack down on casualisation and to hear from them what will work," Mr Robertson said to Ms Landry.

"I'm reaching across the divide and asking you to join me.

"Casual workers in Central Queensland can't wait another five long years for action on casualisation.

"They need certainty now."

His letter came after the Federal Government announced earlier that week a plan to shake up casualisation laws.

The government revealed plans to legislate changes to Industrial Relations laws before the May election, giving casual employees who have worked for a year or more, the right to formally request to move to full-time or part-time work.

A Fair Work Commission decision late last year gave the right to 1.5 million casual employees with the new laws extending that right to the remaining 500,000 casual workers, many of whom work in mining, retail and hospitality.

The Morning Bulletin asked Ms Landry whether she was considering taking up Mr Robertson on his offer.

"If the Labor candidate was genuine in his request, he would have invited me prior to advertising the event on social media," she said.

"I regularly meet with casual mine workers and if there are any that are attending the Labor forum that wish to meet with me, I am more than happy to meet with them and listen to their concerns. …

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