We are pleased to advise that we have reached agreement with VicRoads and Department of Transport regarding the paid coronavirus (COVID-19) Special Leave arrangements that will be available for people engaged by the R&L business through private sector labour hire providers.
This is a significant change from the initial advice from VicRoads on 12 March 12 that any such arrangements would need to be negotiated between those staff members and their agency.
This has only come about because of the hard work and campaigning by ASU members and delegates at VicRoads, and will hopefully be greatly reassuring to all agency staff.
The new commitments are as follows;
- Where a R&L labour hire person is not fit for work because of an infection with COVID-19, the labour hire worker may access paid Special Leave
- Where a R&L labour hire worker is absent from work to care for an immediate family or household member who is required to self-isolate, the labour hire worker may make arrangements with the VicRoads to work from home for some or all of the self-isolation period where reasonable, practical and appropriate in light of the caring responsibilities of the employee. Otherwise, the labour hire worker may access paid Special Leave
- A labour hire worker who is required to self-isolate in accordance with the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer but is not unwell or has not been diagnosed with COVID-19, may be required by VicRoads to work from home for some or all of the self-isolation period where reasonable, practical and appropriate. Otherwise, the labour hire worker will be granted paid Special Leave for the purposes of the required self-isolation, subject to the exception for voluntary employee travel below.
Please talk to any agency staff in your office, and let them know about this important development.
All sites will have implemented the shutdown of drive tests last week. We understand there will still be some ‘compassionate grounds’ drive tests still occurring, and we are in correspondence with VicRoads regarding the definition and extent of this.
Once again the ASU would like to thank our wonderful Delegates and Health and Safety Reps, who fought hard for this, sometimes in the face of serious resistance from local Management. If it wasn’t for them, those drive tests would have continued for much longer than they did. Your Delegates and HSRs do an outstanding and often thankless job, fighting for your rights, and we cannot acknowledge them enough.
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We urge all members to print out this newsletter and display it in your office, and to talk to a non-member today about the crucial role of the ASU in VicRoads.
We received a very large number of emails last week in regards to this matter, and we are still working through them, so we apologise to anyone who might not have received a response. It is a very hectic time at the moment, and we are doing our best to keep up with what has been a flood of calls and emails.
As always, if you have an urgent matter, please contact the Member Contact Centre on 1300 855 570, or if you would like to provide feedback or concerns about the above, please contact Organiser Matt Price at email@example.com or on 0407 362 764
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