From casual to permanent: Win for Patricia
Patricia recently secured a permanent part-time job with the support of her Union, the SDA.
Patricia had been working at a supermarket on a casual basis for 18 months. She had worked regular hours, and she wanted job security and permanent hours.
The SDA secured a new casual conversation clause under the new 2017 Coles Agreement. The clause provides that a casual employee, who has over a calendar period of at least 12 months worked a pattern of hours on an ongoing basis which, without significant adjustment, they could continue to perform as a full-time or part-time team member, may request in writing to be converted to a full-time or part-time team member. Coles may decline a request on reasonable business grounds in writing within 21 days of the request being made, after there has been consultation with the team member.
Armed with this information, and with the support of her Union, Patricia met with the store manager and presented a letter requesting her casual hours be converted into a permanent part time contract.
The employer had 21 days to reply. The employer accepted her request and offered Patricia a permanent part time contract averaging the casual hours she has worked over the last 12 months.
This was a great outcome for Patricia, who is very pleased and relieved to now have job security and permanent hours.
Well done Patricia!
Patricia is one of the first Coles workers to utilise this new entitlement and Union has been very pleased to support her successful application.
The SDA encourages casual members working at Coles to utilise this new entitlement.
As an SDA member, you’re never alone at work. If you require advice with a workplace issue, contact the SDA on 1300 SDA HELP (1300 732 4357).