Victorian Trades Hall Council supports the proposed amendments to the Pandemic Bill which is due to be debated in the Victorian Parliament this week. The amendments are a sensible and straight forward approach to protecting the lawful industrial rights of workers during public health emergencies.
The Pandemic Bill is a necessary piece of legislation that improves on the current legislation.
Victorian workers have been on the front line dealing with this pandemic. We need legislation that gives the government meaningful powers to ensure that viruses do not rapidly spread in our community and put at risk the health and safety of our front line workers.
Victorian Trades Hall Council also condemns the Victorian Liberal Party's campaign of misinformation regarding the Pandemic Bill, and their continued efforts to divide Victorians and undermine public health efforts.
Quotes attributable, Luke Hilakari Secretary of Victorian Trades Hall Council
"What we are concerned about is the escalation of tension fuelled by misinformation and the attendance of Liberal Party parliamentarians at these rallies. Matthew Guy cannot on one hand distance himself from the protests and yet at the same time have members of his caucus participate in events where nooses and gallows are being dragged through the streets on Melbourne.’’
"At a time when Ministers and members of parliament are receiving death threats, a sensible opposition leader, would be trying to reduce tensions. Sadly for Victorians Matthew Guy has a track record of doing the opposite.’’
"The health and safety of Victorian workers is our priority. We continue to encourage every single Victorian worker to show solidarity with our health workers and our frontline workers by getting vaccinated and following Covid-safe behaviours."