Coronavirus Information and Updates
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 31 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
Endeavour – Positive
Speaking Up For You Inc – Positive
Relationships Australia – Positive
Australian Community Service Organisation – 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.
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.
Please click on the links below to our Industry Newsletters on COVID-19
GOVT OWNED CORPORATIONS
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.
The ACTU has set up a Workers’ Rights Resource Centre where members can keep up-to-date with the ever changing situation.
QUEENSLAND UNIONS RESOURCES
COVID-19 Workers’ Rights and Resources – please see below.
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/
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.
Please read the ABC News article below on this topic
INFORMATION FROM THE CAXTON LEGAL CENTRE
- CLCQ webinar (presented by Caxton Legal Centre) – The Impact of the coronavirus on employees – job losses, stand-downs and dismissals
- King & Wood Mallesons Solicitors – Managing Employees webinar (they are doing a whole series, all sessions are free for not-for-profits but require registration)
- CLCQ Coronavirus Resources – links to support services and employees
- Caxton Legal Centre Coronavirus Resources – fact sheets & videos on legal issues
- COVID-19 Resources