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Coronavirus Information and Updates

General March 17, 2020

Please CLICK HERE to have your questions about COVID-19 and work answered.

28 July 2021 – From 1am Friday 30 July, Queensland residents who return from Victoria or South Australia will be able to quarantine at home instead of in hotel quarantine.As significant restrictions remain in place across both states to prevent community transmission, Queensland will continue to declare both states as hotspots. Non-Queensland residents will not be allowed to enter Queensland without an exemption. People who are in home quarantine will be subject to strict compliance measures, and should any evidence of non-compliance arise they will be placed into hotel quarantine.

PAID VACCINATION LEAVE AT WORK

Our Union recently wrote to our members’ employers about the need for paid vaccination leave because we all want to get back to a pre-COVID life. The only way that this can happen is with the support of good employers. Many workers simply cannot afford to lose pay to get vaccinated and should not have to choose between their health and paying the bills. Our Union knows the difference it makes when workers have the paid leave they need to get vaccinated, get tested, isolate and recover from a vaccination if need be – we’ve seen it time and time again. We asked members’ employers to commit to doing the right thing and to respond to our letter and Vaccination Support Proposal.

Here is the list of employers who have positively or negatively responded to our request for Paid Vaccination Leave (as of 28 July 2021).

Carers QLD Head Office – Positive

Cassowary Coast Regional Council – Positive

Community Living Association – Positive

Domestic Violence Action Centre – Positive

Fraser Coast Family Networks – Positive

Mind Australia – Positive

Moreton Bay Regional Council – Positive

QNMU – Positive

Richmond Fellowship – Positive

Richmond Shire Council – Positive

Sunshine Coast Independent Living Services – Positive

Keylinks Community Services – Positive

 

CURRENT ACTU PETITION – PLEASE SIGN

No worker should have to choose between getting vaccinated and paying the bills. That’s why Australian Unions are calling on the Morrison Government to provide paid vaccination for all workers.

Sign the petition here.

Last year union members won paid-pandemic leave and JobKeeper. This year, together we can win paid vaccination leave – Because no worker should have to choose between getting vaccinated and paying the bills.

Please read our previous Member updates below.

5 June 2020 – Hardship Payment for Queensland Workers during COVID-19

9 April 2020 – Federal Government JobKeeper Payment – Update For Members

1 April 2020 – JobKeeper Win For Workers – Here’s What You Need To Know

25 March 2020

 18 March 2020

13 March 2020

Please click on the links below to our Industry Newsletters on COVID-19

LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Act Now to Save Council Jobs

Local Authorities Special Leave Proposal

Brisbane City Council Special Leave Proposal

GOVT OWNED CORPORATIONS

Government Owned Corporations Special Leave Proposal 

Queensland Rail Members – Covid-19 Union News Update 2 April 2020

SACS

Important Update – 7 May 2020

Covid-19 Care Allowance Application for Disability Support Workers – 4 May 2020

Disability Work is Essential and needs to be Supported! – 27 April 2020

SACS JobSeeker Update – 20 April 2020

SACS Disability Workers – Safety is Paramount – 31 March 2020

SACS Workers, COVID-19 and your Workplace Rights

SACS Special Leave Proposal

SACS UPDATE – 20 March 2020

SACS UPDATE (NDIS SERVICES) – 23 March 2020

AIRLINES INDUSTRY

Please find a statement from the ASU and the TWU to Prime Minister Scott Morrison regarding the Airlines Industry.

QANTAS GROUP UPDATE – 26 March 2020

JETSTAR UPDATE – 24 March 2020

QANTAS UPDATE – 24 March 2020

QANTAS GROUP UPDATE – 21 March 2020

QANTAS UPDATE – 20 March 2020

JETSTAR UPDATE – 20 March 2020

QANTAS GROUP UPDATE – 19 March 2020

 

Private/Clerical – members check your emails or call Services Connect on 3844 5300 for assistance.

 

We will update you when we receive any replies from employers.

If you are directed by your employer to take leave or you think your employer might be considering sending you home without pay for any reason, please contact Services Connect on (07) 3844 5300.

 

We have developed a list of the best online resources for members. Please click here to download them.

ACTU RESOURCES

The ACTU has set up a Workers’ Rights Resource Centre where members can keep up-to-date with the ever changing situation.

Please click here to read the ACTU resources and make sure to sign up to their updates.

Fact Sheet Updates 24 March 2020.

Update 19 March 2020

QUEENSLAND UNIONS RESOURCES

COVID-19 Workers’ Rights and Resources – please see below.

Coronavirus: Workers’ Rights & Resources

THE NEW DAILY

You can stay up to date on COVID-19 news with The New Daily’s dedicated Coronavirus section: https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/

The New Daily is a free and trusted news, updated throughout the day, keeping members of The Services Union informed.
As the uncertainty from the COVID-19 outbreak intensifies, a great deal of hysteria and misinformation is being spread throughout the community.
The New Daily, are working diligently to keep their subscribers up-to-date and informed on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New Daily is a free news service funded by Industry Super Funds and supported by the ACTU, the QCU and many other unions – including TSU.
They are committed to keeping the Australian community informed, and there news and finance section is regularly updated on the COVID-19 pandemic and its financial implications.
 
Check out The New Daily below and sign up for their news service for free.

ATO INFORMATION

Tax and Working From Home

The ATO has developed a shortcut method to claim running expenses related to working from home due to COVID 19.

Using the short cut method, you can claim a deduction of $0.80 per hour you work from home from 1 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.

This covers all running expenses such as heating, cooling, electricity, internet costs, phone costs, decline in value of furniture etc.

There is also the fixed rate method that was always able to be claimed. Information on the ATO website below.

https://www.ato.gov.au/General/COVID-19/Support-for-individuals-and-employees/Employees-working-from-home/

Please read the ABC News article below on this topic

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-07/claiming-tax-deductions-for-working-from-home-coronavirus-ato/12128622

 

INFORMATION FROM THE CAXTON LEGAL CENTRE

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