Tag: essential workers

Australian Unions Warn of Strikes as COVID-19 Workplace Safety Concerns Go Unaddressed

Australian Council of Trade Union (ACTU) has said that they may take industrial action across the country if the businesses and the federal government do not make COVIDsafe working conditions a priority. The ACTU released a statement following a meeting with Australian work unions on Jan. 17 saying that the unions would do everything they…


Close Contact Essential Workers in Northern Territory Now Able to Work

Australia’s Northern Territory government has introduced a new health direction that allows workers who are essential to the operation of critical frontline services to still work if they are a close contact of a COVID-19 case. Issued on Monday, the direction means that employees such as healthcare, childcare, and supermarket workers who are deemed close…


Aussie State to Re-Impose Restrictions and Vaccine Mandates As Omicron Numbers Rise

The New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has introduced new COVID-19 restrictions, and vaccine mandates as the state’s Omicron COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise. “We’re dealing with a highly transmissible variant, but fortunately, it appears to be a much less severe form of COVID-19, and our high vaccination rates are clearly helping to keep…


Regional Aussie City Confident COVID-19 Outbreak Contained

Authorities in the regional Australian city of Goulburn are confident they will contain any outbreak of the CCP virus stemming from the essential worker who tested positive on July 13, after it was revealed he did not venture out into the Goulburn community. General manager of the Goulburn Shire Council, Warwick Bennett, told the Goulburn…


Sydney Lockdown to Continue Until We Get Down to ‘Close to Zero’ Cases: NSW Premier

Sydney will not escape lockdown until it achieves zero or “close to zero” cases of COVID-19 following the confirmation of 89 cases of the CCP virus in 24 hours, the NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Tuesday. The premier said the new Delta variant is a “game changer” which will send Sydney into a lengthy lockdown,…


Anaheim Considers Hourly Wage Increase for Some Workers

Anaheim, Calif. is the latest Orange County city to consider hazard pay—also known as “hero pay”—for certain employees. City council will discuss during its May 11 meeting the possibility of a temporary pay hike of $3 to $5 per hour for grocery, retail, and drug store workers. “While we celebrate [our essential workers] and thank them, what they really need is support in their wages,” Councilmember Jose Moreno,…


Irvine City Council Backs Proposal for ‘Hero Pay’ Wage Hikes at Grocery Stores

A proposed city ordinance that would force grocery and drug store chains in Irvine, California, to pay their workers an extra $4 an hour in hazard pay for the next four months has cleared its first hurdle. On Feb. 9, the Irvine City Council passed the first reading of Mayor Farrah Khan’s proposal by a…