The ASU and the union movement have been calling for paid COVID leave from the start of this pandemic.

  • 80% of all transmissions are at work
  • 90% of people are not self-isolating between feeling sick & getting a test
  • 53% of positive cases did not self-isolate between being tested and receiving their results.

All workers should have access to paid leave to self-isolate. Workers should not be put in a position where they avoid getting tested or work while waiting for test results because they have no other choice. Workers should not have to choose between their own health, the health of their families, workmates & communities – or putting food on the table.

The Victorian Government has acknowledged the problem with insecure work & has today announced that they will extend the coronavirus worker support payment as follows:

  • A $300 payment for workers as soon as a person is tested.
  • A $1,500 payment for workers who test positive and are unable to work during their isolation.

The payment is for workers who have no other income, such as paid sick leave or COVID leave and eligibility conditions do apply.

For eligibility or further information call 1800 675 398.

Can you support the ACTU’s campaign for paid pandemic leave for all workers? Sign the petition today

Face coverings
It is now mandatory (with some exemptions) to wear a face-covering in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire and recommended for regional areas if you leave your home, including for work.

Last night WorkSafe released guidance on using face coverings in the workplace. You can access that guidance here

If you have any queries or concerns about wearing face coverings please contact your ASU Delegate, elected Health & Safety Representative or contact the ASU on or 1300 855 570.

Unionising your workplace has never been more important. Know someone who is not a member? Don’t forget that the ASU recruitment competition is underway until September, $500 is up for grabs for the member who recruits the most new people.

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