You have probably heard already that there has been a confirmed Covid-19 case recorded at the Geelong Regional Library Corporation. This is no doubt stressful news for many of you, so we are taking this opportunity to update you on how your ASU delegates, HSRs and Officials have responded, and to remind you what your rights are to keep yourself safe.
We are in contact with GRLC management to ensure that all workers who shared office space with the person who contracted Covid-19 are afforded the right to get tested and self-isolate for fourteen days. Your HSRs have confirmed that Worksafe was notified about the confirmed case, and are investigating whether the Confirmed Case procedure was followed correctly.
Employees are reminded that it is your right to get tested if you have even mild symptoms, or if you have come into contact with someone who has contracted Covid-19.
All employees who get tested should self-isolate until you get your test results. If you are a close contact of someone who has contracted Covid-19, you must get tested twice and self-isolate for 14 days. Management cannot pressure you to attend work when you are isolating.
It is still a Directive from the Chief Health Officer that employers must support you to work from home if it is possible. This directive carries penalties if breached by the employer.
Your HSRs can issue a Provisional Improvement Notice if they have not been consulted on issues that relate to your health and safety, or if your employer isn’t taking steps to keep the workplace safe. They can issue a stop work order if there is an imminent risk to the safety of an employee or a member of the public if work continues.
If you feel that a manager is pressuring you to not exercise your rights, for example, asking you not to get tested for Covid-19 or pressuring you to come into work when you are feeling unwell, ask that manager to put their directions to you in writing. Always remember that you can contact your union delegates, HSR, or the ASU member contact centre about concerns.
Being union keeps you and your colleagues safe. Remember to forward this information to any non-union members you know, and encourage them to join the ASU today.
For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Austin Fabry | firstname.lastname@example.org | 0436 481 684