Sumary of Push for workers to get extra paid leave:
- Unions are calling for paid leave for workers while they receive their Covid-19 jab to ignite Australia sluggish vaccine rollout..
- Just 5.3 million doses had been administered in Australian by June 8, well behind initial expectations, but the federal government insisted efforts are being ramped up after supply issues and vaccine hesitancy..
- Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) secretary Sally McManus has called for a nationwide paid vaccination leave scheme, including time off for workers suffering routine side effects from the jab, to boost vaccine uptake..
- to get the jab, saying more time would be required for regional workers living further from vaccination centres..
- That would mean that it not left up to individual workers to have to go and ask for it or fight for it if they can’t get it,”.
- It comes after the Prime Minister Scott Morrison in June unveiled a new emergency payment for workers stuck in Covid-19 hotspots..
- The Coalition also moved to mandate vaccines for aged care workers last week after the virus spread between vulnerable residents and staff at Melbourne Arcare facility in May..
- Ms McManus said the union would support compulsory vaccines in high-risk jobs if recommended by medical advice but rejected suggestions employers should be granted the power to stand aside workers refusing to use their vaccine leave…