Last week we wrote to you about our campaign to secure paid leave for casual and labour hire employees performing APS work. We were overwhelmed with your responses.
Our National Secretary Melissa Donnelly made the case for paid leave to the APSC, reinforcing how our members would be adversely affected by not having access to paid leave.
We have now received some great news – the APSC has responded, advising that paid leave arrangements will now be available for casual APS staff who are required to self-isolate due to COVID-19 exposure, or who contract COVID-19.
It’s a huge win – please make sure casuals in your workplace know about these new rights and ask them to join your union if they’re not already members.
There’s more work to do
We will continue to make the case that labour hire workers doing APS work must also be provided with paid arrangements. The stories we have been receiving have been compelling and heartfelt.
These stories make a real difference – please encourage labour hire staff in your area to complete our online form and let us know how they and their families would be affected if forced to self-isolate without pay.
We will also work with agencies as they develop arrangements for casuals in line with the APSC advice. Arrangements will need to set out leave types, as well as methods for determining payment rates and working hours.
This result was achieved by union members telling their stories and standing up for what’s fair. Thank you to all our members who got involved – whether you completed our quick survey yourself, talked to casuals and labour hire employees in your workplace, or spoke up in support of our efforts, you helped us win this.
Please continue to spread the word about what our union has achieved and the work we are continuing to do to support members. In these uncertain times and with the situation developing quickly, we all need to look out for one another.
This result was achieved by union members telling their stories and standing up for what’s fair.
Our union will continue to advocate for fair arrangements for all workers impacted by COVID-19 and provide support and advice to our members. In these uncertain times and with the situation developing quickly, we all need to look out for one another.