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RCSA’s CEO slams ACTU’s misleading campaign as a membership drive

March 21, 2018

CHARLES Cameron has slammed ACTU’s Secretary Sally McManus address at the National Press Club today as a misleading ploy to increase union membership.

 

Billed by McManus as the ‘most important speech in a generation,’ Cameron said her comments on work security showed absolutely no basis in fact, making the speech more like ‘one of the most baseless furphies purported in a generation.’

 

 

 

 “Not once did McManus cite evidence to support claims around job security,” Cameron said.  “Instead she repeated sweeping claims that ‘insecure work is spreading,’ ‘casual work is growing,’ ‘labour-hire work is growing’ and that insecurity of work has become a ‘national crisis.’

 

“The facts simply do not support any of these claims.  Jeff Borland from the University of Melbourne in his July 2017 Labour Market snapshot found there is:

  • No evidence to support claims of increased job insecurity

  • Since the early 1980s there has been an increase in proportion of workers in long duration jobs (10 yrs +) and decrease in proportion of workers in short duration jobs (less than 12 months)

  • The proportion of people working in Labour Hire has decreased slightly since the early 2000s.

  • Over the past 15 years there has been a slight decline in the proportion of workers who expect to lose their job due to business closure / downsizing or a seasonal or temporary job finishing.”

“Her outrageous singling out of the labour hire sector as a driver of this fabricated job security crisis is particularly jarring given that not only has the proportion