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