The Challenges of Zero-Hour and Minimum-Hour Work Arrangement in Australia

Seminar/Forum

The Challenges of Zero-Hour and Minimum-Hour Work Arrangement in Australia

Room 920, Level 9
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street

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T: 0383448924

law-celrl@unimelb.edu.au

This seminar discusses work arrangements in which the worker agrees to be available for work and is called in to work as and when s/he is needed by the employer – what can be called on-demand work. It describes two main types: a) zero-hour work arrangements; and b) minimum-hour work arrangements. Both are highly precarious forms of work, linked to negative consequences for workers. These work arrangements are neglected in much research in Australia, often considered only in relation to platform work in the gig economy. But they are in fact spread widely through the casual and permanent part-time workforce in Australia and account for a substantial minority of the workforce. The presentation summarises what is known about on-demand work and on-demand workers, drawing on recent research (Campbell, MacDonald and Charlesworth 2019), and concludes with some suggestions for regulatory reform.

Light refreshment will be available from 12.45pm.

Presenter

  • Dr Iain Campbell
    Dr Iain Campbell, Research Fellow