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casualization Line breaks: cas¦ual|iza¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkaʒjʊəlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also casualisation)

Definition of casualization in English:


[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
More example sentences
  • The unions are also demanding new legislation to prohibit casualisation and ‘permanent temporary’ workers.
  • 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.’
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈkaʒʊəlʌɪz/
(also casualise) verb
Example sentences
  • It is not just operational staff whose jobs have been casualized in this way.
  • In addition, nursing in the province was increasingly casualised, with fifty per cent of nurses working part time and often holding down two or three jobs at separate hospitals.
  • This flexibility was defined by a deregulation of capital and labour, with the workforce being casualized (with an increasing number of workers employed on a temporary basis), and outsourced.
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