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Survey: Employees want more secure jobs with benefits

28 September 2011 - 5:54pm

Australian workers want more secure positions and access to benefits, according to the results of a survey by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).

The research shows that 40 per cent of employed Australians are currently working in 'insecure jobs' and struggling with the lack of certainty they pose.

Insecure jobs include casual positions with fluctuating hours and short-term contracts that don't feature entitlements such as business health plans.

ACTU president Ged Kearney says: "People can spend years in an insecure job, with unpredictable hours and volatile income, and with fewer entitlements, because this work suits the boss.

"But workers want a job they can rely on. And you can't rely on insecure work."

ACTU encourages industry leaders to offer employees more, including full time contracts and benefits that will improve their overall situation.

Kearney says: "Insecure workers have no rights to paid sick or annual leave, no certainty about their income or whether they will have a job next week, and no career path or sense of belonging to a workplace."

By offering more secure working arrangements, employers may see a boost in staff retention, morale and engagement - after all, employees are the most important asset that a business possesses.

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