The highly casualised workforce at the University of Wollongong has had a big win.
So too have the thousands of workers employed on temporary and casual contracts by labour hire firms in the Illawarra.
So said South Coast Labour Council (SCLC) secretary Arthur Rorris, who is just hoping the federal government doesn't spoil the party and overturn a recent court decision he believes is a massive step forward in the fight for more secure work for Australian workers.
Earlier this week the Federal Court ruled to protect the rights of working people who are labelled casuals purely to strip them of job security, rights and pay in a landmark ruling in the case of WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato.
Mr Rorris said this decision shines a spotlight on the unfairness of casualisation and has shut down a loophole that labour hire companies have been exploiting to undermine job security and pay.
Working people need more job security, this decision confirms their rights to permanent rights if their job is permanent.
"This [decision] opens the way for workers that have been casual and have been working consistently in a more permanent way to make an application," Mr Rorris said.
"So for the Illawarra workers, particularly in a COVID-19 and post COVID-19 environment where job security is one of the most important issues facing our community, this decision could not have come sooner.
"It is not going to affect every casual worker in every workplace, but certainly it will present employers who want to rort the system, employers who want to get all the benefits of flexibility whilst denying job security for their own employees - it will be a wake-up call for them and we think it is a good thing."
The SCLC and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) though remain concerned that the Federal Government has not ruled out legislating to reverse or to intervene and prevent these changes from taking place.
"We think that would be a disgrace," Mr Rorris said.
If the government was to overturn this decision it would return casual workers back to that insecure state and we think that would be reprehensible of the federal government.South Coast Labour Council secretary Arthur Rorris,
"The court has just fixed and closed a loophole and provided certainty and clarity.
"If the government was to overturn this decision it would return casual workers back to that insecure state and we think that would be reprehensible of the federal government.
"This is the time when we really need to reset some things. We can't just go back to the way things were.
"It's an opportunity to look at the most vulnerable and most exposed in our community during this crisis and clearly across many industries the most severely affected are those in the least secure and often casualised positions."