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Sydney University denies full-time work to thousands of casuals

“Given the sessional and seasonal nature of much of our work, the majority of our casual workforce do not have a regular pattern of hours on an ongoing basis and therefore did not receive offers,” she said.

She said the process included a review for any staff unsatisfied with their outcomes.

Mr Cahill said there was a “tragic irony” in the university’s decision to notify staff of rejections on R U OK Day on Thursday.

One staff member who expressed his disappointment on Twitter said: “It is RUOK Day! USyd has chosen today to inform thousands of its casuals that they are not eligible for conversion as per the new Fair Work legislation to convert casual workers after 12 months of work. USyd even sent me a rejection despite me winning conversion 4 months ago.”

CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this story stated that the university had rejected thousands of requests for permanent employment. In fact, the university was required under the Fair Work Act to review which casual staff were eligible for conversion.

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