We’ve heard a few concerns about day workers being routinely rostered to work public holidays.
There isn’t necessarily an issue in having Respect ask staff to work one, but being asked is very different to being rostered - plus, while they have a right to request, staff have a right to reasonably refuse - so we’ve spoken to Respect and we’re hopeful this issue can be addressed.
Any day worker rostered to work a public holiday has the right to refuse if the request isn’t reasonable or if there's a reasonable reason to refuse, and what counts as 'reasonable' depends on the circumstances and it can a bit messy when there are competing claims.
While it isn’t exactly black and white, some of the relevant considerations in determining what’s reasonable include the following:
Remember, you can be reasonably requested to work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sometimes reasonably refuse.