Even in a global pandemic, the Andrews Government treats community sector workers as expendable.
Workers, like you, who work on the frontlines are at high risk of exposure to COVID-19. However, the state government does not have a policy about how funded agencies should deal with staff who have been potentially exposed.
Agencies like Launch Housing are directing staff to immediately get tested for COVID-19 following a potential exposure, but to use their personal leave and continue to use personal leave until they get a negative result. A potentially dangerous directive like this comes with no consequences from the state government that funds agencies.
It’s simply not good enough for the Andrews Government to wash its hands of responsibility for the poor behaviour of the community sector agencies it funds.
The Andrews Government needs to immediately adopt the proposals as outlined in the ASU’s Essential Not Expendable campaign and reign in a sector that they are losing control of.
Community sector workers are the glue that are holding this state together as we experience another devastating wave of COVID-19 infections.
The Andrews Government needs to work with the ASU to adopt policies that will protect workers, the clients you work with and the broader community.
More information about our Essential not Expendable campaign is available at https://www.asuvictas.com.au/essential-not-expendable-its-time-to-take-action/