Transport workers and unions criticize amended isolation rules in Queensland and New South Wales that allow essential workers in industries such as grocery and freight to continue working if they are classified as close contacts.
Australian Council of Trade Unions Acting Secretary Liam O’Brien said unions were “really concerned that workers who may test positive for COVID-19 are going to be fired at the workplace.”
“I understand that we have supply chains that are under a lot of pressure,” Mr. O’Brien said.
“This could not only impact the health and safety of workers in these supply chains, but could ultimately become a futile and short-sighted exercise if all we get is to increase the number of cases and the number of cases. supply chains that end up causing further complications in the weeks to come. “