Leave entitlements, PPE and workers comp

Posted on
May 4, 2020
Public Sector

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

We’re working hard to address all the issues as they come up, but it’s a trying time for everyone.

Today public sector members received more advice about leave and workers compensation claims that seems inconsistent with previous advice and hardly reassures them that their employer is here to support them during these extraordinary times.

Staff may also have received advice about online PPE training, or maybe they didn’t. It’s great that some training is occurring but on numerous occasions we’ve raised the fact that many workers in health don’t have regular access to computers, yet all workers need the training and the sooner the better.

While many try their best to juggle work and child care and schooling commitments there seems to be a hard ball approach inconsistent with previous advice and with the broader messaging and, once again, the first we knew about the update was when members forwarded it to us, and we keep hearing bits and pieces about this and that and have even heard that some employment matters may be amended by the response to COVID-19!

It’s very disappointing, and despite telling the government we’re more than happy to work through the issues with them they don’t even want to talk to us on a regular basis.

We stand by our previous advice about entitlements to personal leave and workers compensation relating to COVID-19.

If members have concerns about any advice they get in the workplace, particularly if it contradicts advice from public health officials or us, please discuss it with our team at HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or assist@hacsu.org.au

Thanks again for all the vital work you do helping your fellow Tasmanians, you’re all the real MVPs!

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au or complete our online contact form

Public Sector