Work of an intermittent or irregular nature, often seasonal in character, on which workers may work for a few days or weeks but with no expectation of continuity. Traditionally the major casual industry was the docks, which were "de-casualized" in 1972, although it is now claimed, at least by some trade unions, that the abolition by the government in 1989 of certain protections on dock working may reintroduce casual working to this industry. The expanding hotel and catering industries are contemporary users of casual labour. See atypical workers , temporary work .
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