MEDIA RELEASE: No worker left behind

The peak body for unions in Victoria is appalled the Morrison Government has abandoned casual workers and temporary visa holders in the JobKeeper wage subsidy legislation. 

Thousands of temporary visa holders and casual workers wrote to Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week sharing their experience of being locked out of the JobKeeper wage subsidyyet he has wilfully abandoned them. 

Casual workers who have worked for their current employer for less than a year and temporary visa holders are crucial to our economy and deserve access to the same financial safety net as all other working people. 

We are all in this together. The JobKeeper scheme can only achieve the goal of ensuring job and wage security if we carry all working people with us. Australia’s economy can only bounce back if we bring all working people with us. 

The vote in the Senate to leave working people out can be turned around. With the stroke of a pen Treasurer Josh Frydenberg can expand eligibility to the JobKeeper scheme. VTHC will keep up the fight to ensure no worker is left behind. 

Quotes attributable, Secretary Victorian Trades Hall Council Luke Hilakari: 

“We are not in the business of cherry picking which workers can access financial support and which can’t. All casual workers and migrant workers need to be included. 

“The Morrison Government think it can split working people, but we rise together. Unions in Victoria will continue the fight to ensure there is a wage subsidy for all and that no working people are left behind. 

It is unacceptable that the Morrison Government have signed us up for a post-pandemic Australia that includes discrimination, poverty and inequality.  

This week over 120 organisations came together to say all working people need access to the JobKeeper wage subsidy - we will continue our work to ensure this happens.” 


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