Workers like you should not be required to use your own personal leave if you are exposed to COVID – 19 while at work.
With high daily COVID-19 infection numbers in Victoria and the prospect of restrictions being eased soon, it’s likely that community sector workers who work directly with clients will be exposed more to COVID -19 in the coming months. At the very least this will mean taking time to test and isolate, and worst-case scenario could result in transmission and illness.
Further, as authorised workers, community sector workers in Victoria will soon be required to be vaccinated against COVID – 19. While this is important for the protection of both workers and clients, it does take time and may require recuperation depending on side effects.
The ASU recently wrote to the state government to request that they fund isolation leave for workers who need to take time off due to COVID-19 exposure, as well as two half-days for vaccination leave. They should provide this funding to community sector agencies that they fund, especially as they have made it available to public sector workers.
The Andrews government need to stand by workers like you. Workers who are standing by your fellow Victorians at their moment of need.
This claim forms part of the ASUs Essential Not Expendable campaign. You can learn more about the campaign here.