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2016-04-28

Ex-temporary staff, remain vigilant: check your entitlements

EBA8 provides strict limitations on Australia Post’s use of fixed term, casual, and labour hire agency employment arrangements.

Sometimes these limitations are overlooked or abused by management.

It’s important when transitioning to permanent employment after an extended fixed-term, casual or agency arrangement that members understand what their entitlements are.

An agency employee recently appointed to a permanent role with Post in South Australia discovered that their agency service hadn’t been recognised for long service leave purposes.

This was quickly rectified with the assistance of SA/NT Branch Secretary Nick Townsend.

“The fact that service wasn’t recognised for long service leave purposes right off the bat is a reminder for members to be vigilant in checking their entitlements,” said Mr Townsend.

“In this example, we’ve been able to cut two years off the time this member would’ve otherwise had to wait to access their long service leave entitlements.

“Don’t be afraid to question your entitlements – even if you’re not sure of what they are.”

If you’ve recently transitioned from casual, fixed term or agency employment and are unsure if your entitlements have been correctly applied, you should contact your state branch office for assistance.

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