We had concerns that permanent shift vacancies weren’t being advertised, but were given to new staff members of fewer than 12 weeks.
We pointed out that casuals who've worked at Coroneagh Park for longer periods were looking for the security of becoming permanent and felt they should be able to apply for these jobs, but had concerns about being unable to do so due to them not being advertised, and we also explained that this had led staff to believe that Respect may have been in breach of one of their own policies relating to a 3-month probation period for new staff members.
Nick wrote back and said:
"In terms of the handbook wording, that relates to a probationary period, not a period where an employee must remain casual. There are many situations where an employee initially commences on a full-time or part-time basis, rather than casual.
Regardless, the staff member that we have recently provided with a part-time position at Coroneagh Park was a current employee from another facility. In line with our policy, I approved for Lia to offer the shifts without advertising in order to retain the employee from leaving their employment with Respect due to not being provided with sufficient hours at the other facility, as is required for their working visa. Lia has been advertising available hours in other circumstances."
Our advice is that if you've been a casual for a lengthy period of time it'd be worth popping your head into the office and letting Lia know you'd be interested in casual conversion - that way when an opportunity arises she'll know you're interested.