Victorian peak bodies are calling for the Commonwealth to immediately reinstate wage subsidies that were prematurely ended at the end of March – but this time, expand eligibility to cover all workers including casuals who have been in the job for less than 12 months, and migrant workers.
Victoria’s snap COVID lockdowns have yet again caused thousands of people to lose shifts and income. In light of the uncertainty and financial precarity currently experienced by so many workers during this time, Victorian peak bodies are calling on the Morrison Government to provide ongoing support for all who have lost work due to the pandemic.
Quotes attributable to Victorian Trades Hall Council Secretary Luke Hilakari
“We urgently need the Morrison Government to commit to JobKeeper II. We need that payment to keep workers connected to their employer, it needs to be ongoing throughout lockdown, and it must include all workers. Last time, migrant workers, and casuals who’d been in their job less than 12 months, were not eligible.
“The impact financially and emotionally on those people in our community was devastating. This time around, they must be included. All workers deserve support during this time, and especially those who are in the most insecure employment.”
Quotes attributable to Victorian Council of Social Service CEO Emma King
“The Federal Government was quick to act in 2020, delivering financial support so many Victorians could buy food, pay the rent and heat their homes during lockdown. Victorians are once again missing shifts, losing their jobs and struggling to pay their bills.
“The Federal Government must step up and provide emergency support to Victorians, and this support must cover casual workers, the unemployed, asylum seekers, international students and migrants. No Victorian should be left to fend for themselves.”
For an interview with Luke Hilakari and/or with casual workers impacted by this lockdown, please contact Suzi Taylor, VTHC: 0447 333 834 or [email protected]
For an interview with Emma King, please contact Ryan Sheales, VCOSS Communications: 0418 127 153 or [email protected]