Definition of casualization in English:


(also casualisation)


  • [mass noun] The transformation of a workforce from one employed chiefly on permanent contracts to one engaged on a short-term temporary basis.

    ‘casualization has left millions of workers in constant fear for their jobs’
    ‘the casualization of the television industry’
    • ‘To make matters worse, port management is trying to lift the level of casualisation to half its workforce.’
    • ‘The Cabinet document said the proposal would be criticised ‘as exacerbating the so-called trend towards casualisation of the workforce at the expense of permanent positions.’’
    • ‘In particular greater attention needs to be given to the growing casualisation of the workforce, home based work, and dependent contractors, and the increasing demands on Australians in balancing work with personal and family life’
    • ‘The underlying trend over the past eight years has been towards the ever-greater casualisation of the workforce.’
    • ‘Together these tendencies bring increased flexibility, casualisation and insecurity, staff cuts, downsizing and outsourcing.’
    • ‘Massive job destruction, contracting out and casualisation have increasingly rendered secure employment a thing of the past, while the jobless are being stripped of welfare entitlements and forced into low-paid work.’
    • ‘The increasing demands and casualization of paid employment have made it harder for anyone to give a fixed commitment to volunteering.’
    • ‘All those factors signal that there are new issues facing young people and obviously a lot of it's also driven by their working environment, casualisation, contract labour all those sorts of things.’
    • ‘It is a good example of how casualisation is being used to slash wages and conditions.’
    • ‘Focusing directly on happiness, rather than GDP growth, would suggest policies such as a shorter work week (as in France) and discouraging casualisation of the workforce.’
    • ‘His reign was marked by bullying management, increasing casualisation, fanatical hatred of trade unions and a constant chipping away at wages and conditions.’
    • ‘It seeks to enhance the award system with an array of new provisions for awards, including part-time work for returning parents, unfair dismissal protection, discouraging casualisation, maternity leave and others.’
    • ‘Needless to say, the further casualization of academic labor is a critical part of this vision.’
    • ‘The unions are also demanding new legislation to prohibit casualisation and ‘permanent temporary’ workers.’
    • ‘The pay claim comes after years of deteriorating working conditions, with increasing casualisation of the workforce and an exodus of 6,000 nurses from the public hospital system since 1992.’
    • ‘Wage levels have been driven down, while the emphasis on increased labour market ‘flexibility’ has resulted in a dramatic rise in casualisation.’
    • ‘There also needs to be strategies to reverse the trends to individual contracts and increased casualisation as these also affect the pay outcomes for women.’
    • ‘These developments are having marked negative impacts on women at work, for they are disproportionately represented in casual employment, with high rates of casualisation in feminised industries.’
    • ‘The growth of casualisation makes union organisation difficult.’
    • ‘These surpluses have been achieved through low pay and casualisation of our jobs.’