Pandemic leave scenarios still leave workers short

Posted on
January 17, 2022
in
Public Sector

Here’s our advice

We’ve been having discussions with the State Service Management Office over the last week about being more supportive of workers, given the tremendous pressure you have been under and will continue to be under as the COVID wave sweeps our state.

We were told this morning that a positive RAT or evidence of registration on the public health website will be accepted as evidence for the purposes of personal leave. No other evidence will be required, and if your employer asks you to provide anything else, you should contact HACSU immediately.

Extraordinarily, we were also notified that if you have no symptoms but test positive to COVID, you’ll be expected to use your personal leave. This is ridiculous given that you can get paid pandemic leave or be paid as per your roster if you’re a close contact and required to isolate.

This is unfair and no way to treat workers who have been already asked to do remarkable things to keep the show on the road as it is.

While saying it’s fine to recall close contacts to work and it’s fine for workers to work extended hours and for days on end to support us all, the government just won’t grant the smallest and simplest of concessions to workers.

Here’s our advice:

If you test positive to COVID but have no symptoms, you should arrange a telehealth appointment with a GP as soon as possible.

You should lodge a claim for Workers Compensation on the basis you caught COVID at work. This will mean you don’t have to use your personal leave.

Your HACSU organiser and our legal partners will assist you with any process after you lodge a claim.

If you have any concerns, no matter how big or small, please get in touch with us at assist@hacsu.org.auor on 1300 880 032.

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