The ASU’s focus for most of this year has been to protect members’ jobs and to make sure all members are safe in their workplace.

Some members of our union have kept going to work, as your important work has continued to support our communities, with new procedures to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. Others have worked from home, and some have been unable to work.

We salute all of you that have stepped up in this challenging time, no matter your situation – your contribution to the economy now and into the recovery is invaluable.

Most importantly, we have been able to stop hundreds of workers from being stood down while there was still useful work they could perform.

Reducing the risk of transmission has been a big challenge.

Along with ASU delegates and Health and Safety Representatives, we have been able to reduce the risk of Covid-19 in many workplaces.

But the biggest difference to having safer workplaces is the willingness of ASU members to stick together and demand their employer addresses workplace safety concerns.

And through it all, we have been by members’ side with expert industrial advice, advocacy and specialist legal assistance.

However, the pandemic isn’t over, so we want to urge you to keep following the social distancing instructions we are receiving from state and federal governments.

The COVID-19 pandemic is still running rampant in some countries, and we all need to be part of keeping Victoria and Tasmania safe.

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