Actually, people are not hired initially as a casual. If a job is not filled internally then it is posted externally. If it is a full or part time that is how it is posted. Not posted casual to try out people. When there is a casual positio posted it is because the permanent position for the job is already filled. Casual is for relief due to sickness, vacation, other absences etc.
From what I observed, most positions are first offered as casual. Once you have been accepted and are part of the union, you can then apply for other positions.
From what I understand, people are hired initially as casual workers, which gets them in the union, so they must have the qualifications a full time worker would. However, they can be fired more easily if they are "not a good fit" (read: "they don't cooperate with the abuse"), and they can be pressured to do full time hours without receiving full time benefits. But once they are in and have some seniority, they have better access (in theory) to the better union positions.
- How much do they pay administrative support? Seems they are asking alot for qualifications for a casual position. Not to mention lots of required job functions for a causal position. My guess is that they are highering casual so they don't have to pay benefits yet have the person work fulltime. 😕