Union calls for APS-wide RATs, more consistent approach to Omicron

Ian Bushnell 13 January 2022 127

CPSU National Secretary Melissa Donnelly: absence of clear and comprehensive advice from government. Photo: File.

The Commonwealth public servants union has called on the Federal Government to make rapid antigen tests (RATs) freely available to staff amid concerns that an inconsistent response to the Omicron wave is hampering efforts to minimise illness and staff shortages.

CPSU National Secretary Melissa Donnelly has written to Public Service Minister Ben Morton urging the government to ease working-from-home arrangements.

Ms Donnelly says that while many APS agencies are now doing this, the absence of clear and comprehensive advice on this issue from government is making this harder than it should be and leading to inconsistent approaches across the APS.

Late last year, Mr Morton said it was time for public servants to return to their offices, despite the pandemic not being over, evidence of the benefits of working from home, and that it was now a firm part of how agencies manage and recruit their workforces in a competitive jobs market.

Big departments and agencies such as Home Affairs and the Australian Taxation Office moved quickly to allow staff to work from home, but Services Australia only this week made the change after union lobbying.

“As a result of our advocacy, many APS agencies have put on hold plans to return to workplaces and reinstituted widespread working from home rights in affected locations,” Ms Donnelly told Region Media.

“There are some differences between agencies, roles and locations, and we’re working to ensure that working from home is made available as widely as possible. This will keep the community safe and limit the spread.”

Ms Donnelly urged Mr Morton to make RATs free and accessible for all, particularly frontline workers, and there should be sector-wide guidance on their use to ensure a consistent approach across the APS.

The CPSU believes agencies should provide RATs where they are required for work purposes or due to workplace exposure, and that a positive RAT result should be accepted as evidence for any leave that needs to be taken due to COVID. Moreover, they said staff should be able to take paid leave to get a COVID test and while awaiting results.

The union has also called on the government to provide paid leave for labour-hire workers if they contract COVID-19.

Ms Donnelly said employers needed to review their COVID protocols to ensure that staff are kept safe considering higher case numbers, changes to isolation and testing requirements, and new definitions of close contacts, which all increase the risk of workplace transmission.

She said current government arrangements for COVID-19 needed to be updated to take into account the new variant.

“Given the significant changes in the risks posed by the Omicron variant, current government guidelines, current COVID-19 protocols, response plans, and return to work plans must all be reviewed by agencies to ensure they remain up to date and relevant to the elevated risks and current circumstances,” Ms Donnelly said.


READ MORE: New flexible working guidelines in mix as APS faces competing pressures


The Australian Public Service Commission said working-from-home arrangements were in the hands of individual agencies as per last September’s Circular, but it was in the process of being updated and would soon be republished.

“Working flexibly, including working from home, has always been available to APS employees where agreeable between an employee and their manager,” the APSC said.

“Individual agency heads remain responsible for making working from home decisions in their agencies consistent with public health advice.”

The APSC’s survey on working from home is on hold but will resume next month, collecting data for the fortnight of 31 January to 11 February.


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127 Responses to Union calls for APS-wide RATs, more consistent approach to Omicron
Ella Factor Ella Factor 1:46 pm 14 Jan 22

There seems to be many comments from people who assume that all public servants are desk based workers who can work from home

This is not the case

Many thousands of APS workers are designated essential workers who cannot work from home.

Many have a lot of interaction with the public.

For example Centrelink workers. Bio security workers. Border Force workers. Aboriginal Hostel workers, and so on.

I agree with all the comments saying all frontline essential workers should have RATs provided - I don’t agree with those comments that exclude APS employees from this need, just because they are APS!

    Sharon Harnett Sharon Harnett 2:15 pm 14 Jan 22

    Ella Factor As you note many essential workers are public servants 🤷‍♀️

Yvonne Douglass Yvonne Douglass 1:26 pm 14 Jan 22

Super market workers? Truck drivers?

Sarah Grainger Sarah Grainger 12:43 pm 14 Jan 22

Geez what a croc. At least Ian Bushnell is having a break from his usual teacher bashing 🙄

Ben Medway Ben Medway 12:18 pm 14 Jan 22

Good ol rusty rifles. They don’t work and you can’t fire them 👍

    Shane Collins Shane Collins 12:23 pm 14 Jan 22

    Ben Medway I’m definitely going to use that saying 😂

    Ben Medway Ben Medway 12:26 pm 14 Jan 22

    Shane Collins haha sums it up pretty well 👍

Anne Athema Anne Athema 12:06 pm 14 Jan 22

If you’re forcing people to work from the office then this seems like a good idea. Since most of us are back working from home though it’s probably a waste of (non existent) RATs at the moment.

Carey Russell Carey Russell 12:02 pm 14 Jan 22

People working in essential services should get them free before office public servants,

    Trish Lingard-Wyss Trish Lingard-Wyss 1:39 pm 14 Jan 22

    Carey Russell especially ones who can and have been told to work from home.

    Sharon Harnett Sharon Harnett 2:14 pm 14 Jan 22

    Carey Russell Most people in essential services are public servants.

    Carey Russell Carey Russell 2:34 pm 14 Jan 22

    Sharon Harnett no they are not,

    Shop keepers, bus drivers, security guards

    Postie, delivery drivers most importantly pathology and nurses GP , receptionist

    Chemist.

    Sharon Harnett Sharon Harnett 2:57 pm 14 Jan 22

    Carey Russell Nurses, doctors, police, fire services, army, navy, Air Force, medics, teachers 🤷‍♀️

    Andrew Kent Andrew Kent 3:28 pm 14 Jan 22

    Carey Russell let’s just shut down government services and see what happens?

    Liz Hampton Liz Hampton 4:14 pm 14 Jan 22

    Andrew Kent how about everyone that works in private enterprise strikes and see what happens??

    Carey Russell Carey Russell 4:43 pm 14 Jan 22

    Sharon Harnett Not all public servants,

    Doug Hovi Doug Hovi 7:45 pm 14 Jan 22

    Shutdown the government! Let the reign of warlords begin and common sense prevail 🤣😂😭 *satire*

    Andrew Kent Andrew Kent 8:16 pm 14 Jan 22

    Liz Hampton how about private enterprise manage their workforce like the public sector does? I didn’t suggest the public should be supported over private like you’re implying.

    Onelia Herriot Onelia Herriot 8:40 pm 14 Jan 22

    Andrew Kent no pensions or benefits including the pandemic payments?

    Car La Car La 5:45 am 15 Jan 22

    Andrew Kent who do you think is responsible for ensuing essential workers doing their job and get paid? Just out of interest....

    Damian Holloway Damian Holloway 8:09 am 15 Jan 22

    Sharon Harnett police, fire, army, navy, Air Force are all either federal or state public service

    Liz Hampton Liz Hampton 9:04 am 15 Jan 22

    Andrew Kent no, you were implying that if the public servants were to not work, that it would stop the country from running. Hardly. Yes it would affect some people, but the rest of the country would be fine.

    Andrew Kent Andrew Kent 10:18 am 15 Jan 22

    Liz Hampton wow that’s a really ignorant comment. Do you understand how governments work?

Kytie Mclign Kytie Mclign 11:34 am 14 Jan 22

Many of the commenters here could afford to join a union applicable to their own industry sector. Union members understand that one sector's union can't actually speak up for workers in other industry sectors.

Simon Ollenbach Simon Ollenbach 11:24 am 14 Jan 22

So tempted to comment but as my Grandma taught me. If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything.

    Adam Meadows Adam Meadows 1:10 pm 15 Jan 22

    Simon, saying that you aren't saying anything is saying something. 🙂

Rosie Maclaine Rosie Maclaine 11:02 am 14 Jan 22

Well why are public servants any more important than the rest of society

    Kytie Mclign Kytie Mclign 11:46 am 14 Jan 22

    Rosie Maclaine No one said they were?

    Vicky  Scipione Vicky Scipione 12:20 pm 14 Jan 22

    Rosie Maclaine Because we need the nurses, doctors, paramedics to keep us alive and health when we get sick.

    Greg Miller Greg Miller 12:28 pm 14 Jan 22

    Rosie Maclaine the public service union is arguing on behalf of its members. In the meantime, the ACTU is arguing that RATs should be free for everyone. CPSU is one of the unions in the ACTU, and CPSU is arguing for a sub-set of the ACTU claim. It sometimes happens that a win for one workforce can be used to more strongly argue for everyone else effected

    Rosie Maclaine Rosie Maclaine 1:54 pm 14 Jan 22

    Greg Miller thank you

    Dave Kirwan Dave Kirwan 6:46 pm 14 Jan 22

    Rosie Maclaine they're not. But they have a union and are able to stick up for themselves. Sometimes.

    Greg Miller Greg Miller 6:47 pm 14 Jan 22

    Rosie Maclaine no worries - context often helps!

    Cary Elliot Johnson Cary Elliot Johnson 7:21 am 15 Jan 22

    Rosie Maclaine glad you dont need ANY service of the PS. What, do you you live the life of a hermit?

Damien Lucas Damien Lucas 10:58 am 14 Jan 22

Cue the comments from all the people who hate public servants...

    Ashley Kerlin Ashley Kerlin 11:05 am 14 Jan 22

    Damien Lucas like teachers, nurses, doctors, paramedics, ……all public servants

    Hannah Zurcher Hannah Zurcher 11:31 am 14 Jan 22

    And the comments from people who don't understand that this is exactly the support that a strong union gives their members.

    Kytie Mclign Kytie Mclign 11:44 am 14 Jan 22

    Hannah Zurcher Same people who benefit feom a decent EBA without resourcing the efforts involved.

    Tom Porter Tom Porter 2:14 pm 14 Jan 22

    Ashley Kerlin sadly the union advocating this doesn't cover health workers. Good try but fail.

    Tom Porter Tom Porter 2:21 pm 14 Jan 22

    Damien Lucas that's the sort of comment reserved for NSW Health. Insisting that staff where masks and PPE at work, then go to a pub and have a drink. Bring the virus back to the hospital and bingo. Yes it is actually happening. If the public servvants want the RAT kits on demand, the deal should be, take all precautions outside of work to protect themselves.

    Ashley Kerlin Ashley Kerlin 2:50 pm 14 Jan 22

    Tom Porter and that is relevant because?

    Tom Porter Tom Porter 3:39 pm 14 Jan 22

    Ashley Kerlin read your comment. The union advocating this is the public service union, not a health union. They already have those protocols in place.

Eleanor Taylor Eleanor Taylor 10:47 am 14 Jan 22

And what about the immune deficient and other vulnerable people? Even if you've got a health card 10 tests over 3 months doesn't help a 5 member family with an immune deficient child and a parent working in retail.

Kelly Tranent Kelly Tranent 10:45 am 14 Jan 22

Why? When majority can work from home? You would think that those that are essential workers and actually have to be around people more often would need access to them more.

    Ashley Kerlin Ashley Kerlin 11:04 am 14 Jan 22

    Kelly Tranent and who would they be?

    Hospital staff? Public servants.

    Water supplies? Public servants.

    Ambulance? Public servants.

    Teachers? Public servants.

    Do you get it?

    Kelly Tranent Kelly Tranent 11:17 am 14 Jan 22

    Ashley Kerlin It's not everyone in those positions. Public servants work for the government. The Public Service is the administrative arm of government.

    It consists of the government departments and other organisations and the public servants who work in them. A public servant is an employee of the government.

    There are State and Commonwealth, or Federal, Public Services. Whilst the Public Service includes police officers, fire officers, government school teachers, and members of the army, navy and air-force, technically the term as used in the study of politics refers to those employees covered by the Public Service Act at either Commonwealth or State level. Around half of all people employed by federal and state governments are covered in this way.

    In Canberra, the Public Service is generally thought of as the government departments under the control of federal government ministers.

    The Public Service is also known as the civil service, although this term is more commonly used in Britain. The departments, statutory authorities and organisations that public servants work for are collectively known as the public sector. It is sometimes disparagingly referred to as the bureaucracy.

James Quinton James Quinton 10:40 am 14 Jan 22

Great. The people that can mostly work from home need more tests. What about the industries that can’t work from home at all

    Ashley Kerlin Ashley Kerlin 11:03 am 14 Jan 22

    James Quinton hospital staff? Public servants.

    Ambulance paramedics? Public servants.

    Etc etc

    James Quinton James Quinton 11:20 am 14 Jan 22

    Ashley Kerlin yes but they have different unions

    Ashley Kerlin Ashley Kerlin 11:21 am 14 Jan 22

    James Quinton that's not the issue. People are shitting on public servants. But they forget what we do.

    Ashley Kerlin Ashley Kerlin 11:23 am 14 Jan 22

    James Quinton and those of us who can work from home most assuredly are. Most of us have barely been near an office in almost 2 years.

    James Quinton James Quinton 11:27 am 14 Jan 22

    Ashley Kerlin undoubtedly.

    I may have covid now as I had to go to work (construction). Possible brought it into my house to my wife and infant child.

    Elspeth Shannon Rollason Elspeth Shannon Rollason 11:30 am 14 Jan 22

    Ashley Kerlin teachers???????

    Ashley Kerlin Ashley Kerlin 12:37 pm 14 Jan 22

    Elspeth Shannon Rollason exactly!

    Sarah Grainger Sarah Grainger 12:40 pm 14 Jan 22

    Ashley Kerlin hospital staff are not part of the CPSU

    Ashley Kerlin Ashley Kerlin 12:41 pm 14 Jan 22

    Sarah Grainger and that is relevant to the discussion how?

Boweavil Kat Boweavil Kat 10:35 am 14 Jan 22

Where is the supply going to come from when they have already been redirected to Hill Song.

Leisa Nicole Leisa Nicole 10:35 am 14 Jan 22

I think the return to school and provision of RAT’s for anyone working in a school has to take priority over a workforce who are 2-3 times more vaccinated than the children in primary schools!

Stacey Holden Stacey Holden 10:24 am 14 Jan 22

Higher priority essential staff that can’t work from home should have priority access. Public servants is a large group maybe more specific details would be more helpful

Sarah Barrett Sarah Barrett 10:20 am 14 Jan 22

Why are public servants special...?

    Teena Sullivan Teena Sullivan 10:23 am 14 Jan 22

    Sarah Barrett we’re not. It’s just Union carry on.

    Vanessa Brown Vanessa Brown 10:37 am 14 Jan 22

    Teena Sullivan Exactly!!!

    Boweavil Kat Boweavil Kat 10:38 am 14 Jan 22

    Sarah Barrett in essence police, hospitals, teachers, the people that pick up your rubbish and make sure the place can run even when faced with a total incompetent government are public servants. Good luck to you when the water stops flowing.

    Mich Ael Mich Ael 10:43 am 14 Jan 22

    Teena Sullivan It's the union doing their job, to look after their members

    Dan Rayner Dan Rayner 10:44 am 14 Jan 22

    Sarah because the CPSU is better than RAFFWU or UnitedWorkers (cafes, maccas and BigW - you know, the people who interact with hundreds of thousands of the public every day)

    James Fellows James Fellows 10:44 am 14 Jan 22

    Because strong Unions make lots of noise. Join your Union, demand free RATs for frontline workers - this is what the article is about.

    Sarah Barrett Sarah Barrett 10:46 am 14 Jan 22

    Boweavil Kat Icon water isn't public service

    Teena Sullivan Teena Sullivan 10:48 am 14 Jan 22

    Mich Ael this just puts the general public against us (even more than normal). They should focus on essential staff like health and teachers, police even if they don’t represent many if any of them.

    Michelle Wheeldon Michelle Wheeldon 10:53 am 14 Jan 22

    Sarah Barrett I think it’s owned and funded by ACT Gov.

    Teena Sullivan Teena Sullivan 10:54 am 14 Jan 22

    James Fellows the majority of public servants CPSU represent are not front line workers. CPSU are not the main union for police, health workers or teachers etc

    Ashley Kerlin Ashley Kerlin 10:59 am 14 Jan 22

    Teena Sullivan you know that they are all public servants, right?

    Teena Sullivan Teena Sullivan 11:05 am 14 Jan 22

    Ashley Kerlin yes. But not not represented by the CPSU. They have their own unions.

    James Fellows James Fellows 11:07 am 14 Jan 22

    Fair enough. Those people need to join their Unions, and get them to demand free RATs for their frontline works. The Liberal government expect 'personal responsibility' - ie; if you're rich and connected, you'll be fine.

    Beck Bianco Beck Bianco 11:18 am 14 Jan 22

    Teena Sullivan he said join ‘your’ union and demand free RATs and suggestions CPSU are a strong union hence why they are making noise. Join the union tour industry belongs to and demand the nose you want, make it a strong union.

    Teena Sullivan Teena Sullivan 11:26 am 14 Jan 22

    Beck Bianco public servants get slammed by the public enough without this on top of it. By all means if you’re a front line worker get representation and speak up. But most office working public servants aren’t front line. We have the benefit of being able to WFH for the most part, flexible and ample leave provisions. Focus on those who truly need the free RATS.

    Mich Ael Mich Ael 11:47 am 14 Jan 22

    Teena Sullivan that makes no sense. Advocate for people outside their membership. I'm not a union member but if be pissed off the union I paid dues to, didn't advocate exclusively on behalf

    Mich Ael Mich Ael 11:49 am 14 Jan 22

    Sarah Barrett no it's not even government owned anymore

    Kytie Mclign Kytie Mclign 11:49 am 14 Jan 22

    Teena Sullivan And? The comments here are about public servants, nothing more specific than that ...

    Ella Factor Ella Factor 11:57 am 14 Jan 22

    Teena Sullivan so are you saying that the many public servants that are essential frontline workers that can’t work from home that are represented by CPSU shouldn’t have RAT tests provided but other public servants from other unions should?

    Sorry I’m really confused by your point here?

    Anne Athema Anne Athema 12:10 pm 14 Jan 22

    Sarah Barrett this came up because the APS was ordered back into the office from 1 December by Minister Moreton despite the health crisis not being over. Whereas the much of the ACT PS was still able to WFH.

    Teena Sullivan Teena Sullivan 12:41 pm 14 Jan 22

    Ella Factor to be honest I don’t see why any employer should have to provide free RATs. If they’re going to be provided free, it should be free for all by the government.

    Ella Factor Ella Factor 12:45 pm 14 Jan 22

    Teena Sullivan I could give a spiel about the WHS Act and the legal duty of care for employers to provide their workers with protection from on the job hazards..

    But I suspect you won’t care so I’ll leave this here.

    It’s not APS getting protection that you object to, it’s all frontline workers. Got it. Cheers.

    Teena Sullivan Teena Sullivan 12:49 pm 14 Jan 22

    Ella Factor oh please. Like I said should be free provided by government to all.

    My original comment stands. Public servants aren’t special over and a over anyone else.

    Beck Bianco Beck Bianco 12:49 pm 14 Jan 22

    Teena Sullivan I’m aware, I often lol at the things the union is pushing but James’ point still stands - join your union and get them to push for the things you want. I just wish our union would actually consult better on what we want from them because they annoy me.

    Ella Factor Ella Factor 12:50 pm 14 Jan 22

    Teena Sullivan yes but the employer for the APS *is* the government so that’s exactly what CPSU is calling for

    Teena Sullivan Teena Sullivan 12:51 pm 14 Jan 22

    Ella Factor no they’re calling for them for Public Servants.

    Ella Factor Ella Factor 12:53 pm 14 Jan 22

    Teena Sullivan but not ONLY public servants, nobody is saying only APS

    Teena Sullivan Teena Sullivan 12:54 pm 14 Jan 22

    This article is, the CPSU isn’t lobbying for everyone just public servants.

    Ella Factor Ella Factor 12:54 pm 14 Jan 22

    Teena Sullivan here this might help: the source, without Riotact spin:

    https://www.facebook.com/100064757888538/posts/305336071634987/?d=n

    Teena Sullivan Teena Sullivan 12:55 pm 14 Jan 22

    “The Commonwealth public servants union has called on the Federal Government to make rapid antigen tests (RATs) freely available to staff”

    Ella Factor Ella Factor 1:35 pm 14 Jan 22

    Teena Sullivan yes, in a letter to the employer of its members, regarding its members

    Still not saying no other workers should get it, on the contrary is also supporting union movement wide ACTU campaign for other unions members to get it!

    Teena Sullivan Teena Sullivan 1:37 pm 14 Jan 22

    Ella Factor when did I say they were saying others shouldn’t get it?

    Glen Hyde Glen Hyde 2:34 pm 14 Jan 22

    Teena Sullivan gotta say as someone who has advocated for the border protection officers, protective security, agriculture and water, emergency service, veterinary and pesticides, transport infrastructure, custodial and I could go on, I take exception to your comments. Being a frontline public servant isn’t just about the health and medical aspects of the APS, it actually about security. Food and water in particular are areas no one gives a toss about but the minute your fresh food and veggies or your water supply falls over because people can’t inspect the infrastructure or stock I’ll bet there’s a commotion. The CPSU covers all these workers and without them I’d suggest your job would not exist in the way it does currently.

    Maybe give that a little thought because if I’m offended having worked in just a few of those business lines I’m sure there’s many other folks who will be too!

    Teena Sullivan Teena Sullivan 3:27 pm 14 Jan 22

    Ok. I concede I may have been too narrow in my definition of front line workers. However, I still don’t think it’s an employer responsibility to provide the tests (Gov or not, and if they did then it should be all employers which is why I say public servants aren’t special).

    It should be Government that provides them free to ALL (just like PCR tests are free) - surely we can agree on that at least.

    Cary Elliot Johnson Cary Elliot Johnson 7:24 am 15 Jan 22

    Sarah Barrett you know those people that regulate the services you receive as a privileged Australian. Without their services, you may as well be a hermit

Avril Pounds Avril Pounds 10:19 am 14 Jan 22

How about RAT's for retail staff dealing with hundreds of customers each day who still have no idea bout social distancing or how to wear a mask properly.

    Anthea Kerrison Anthea Kerrison 10:28 am 14 Jan 22

    Avril Pounds Blood oath. I've never seen anything like it, I am wearing a face shield into shops now (and only go in when it's necessary, and get out fast). People are pigs.

    Kathy Franklin Kathy Franklin 10:40 am 14 Jan 22

    Avril Pounds 100% agree.

    Kytie Mclign Kytie Mclign 11:31 am 14 Jan 22

    Avril Pounds Ask your union?

Mich Ael Mich Ael 10:11 am 14 Jan 22

I agree but there are much higher priority people currently being ignored because of incompetence

    Chris Thomson Chris Thomson 10:25 am 14 Jan 22

    Mich Ael if you think you can do better, then please stand for election.

    Lynn Nicholas Lynn Nicholas 10:30 am 14 Jan 22

    Chris Thomson there are so many people who could do better that I’m not sure the ballot paper would be big enough

    Chris Thomson Chris Thomson 10:40 am 14 Jan 22

    Lynn Nicholas labor and the greens would certainly be no better either. So looks like we'll be in a pickle for a while longer

    Mich Ael Mich Ael 10:42 am 14 Jan 22

    Chris Thomson I don't have the money or contacts. Do you honestly think politics is and elections are based on merit?

    Jackson Wardman Jackson Wardman 10:59 am 14 Jan 22

    any political party, but especially ALP would have known better than to put a tender out only this week

    Beck Bianco Beck Bianco 11:01 am 14 Jan 22

    Chris Thomson I find it interesting that people think it’s a valid argument to say if you think you can do better than do it, when something identifies a gap. You don’t have to have solutions to see an issue.

    Ashley Kerlin Ashley Kerlin 11:01 am 14 Jan 22

    Mich Ael and who would they be?

    Hospital staff? Public servants.

    Water supplies? Public servants.

    Ambulance? Public servants.

    Teachers? Public servants.

    Do you get it?

    Mich Ael Mich Ael 11:06 am 14 Jan 22

    Ashley Kerlin I get it!

    They're not member of the CPSU which is the subject of the story.... Get it?

    Chris Thomson Chris Thomson 11:06 am 14 Jan 22

    Mich Ael Never has been and never will be!

    Ella Factor Ella Factor 11:53 am 14 Jan 22

    Mich Ael yes all essential workers that can’t work from home deserve free RAT tests.

    Including those that work for APS (lots of APS workers are frontline and can’t work from home. Eg Centrelink staff. Meat inspectors. Biosecurity workers. The list is long.)

    That’s why CPSU is advocating on this issue.

    Unions for other essential workers are also advocating on this issue, for the workers they represent. And the ACTU as peak body is advocating on this same issue for all essential workers that can’t work from home.

    Ashley Kerlin Ashley Kerlin 12:39 pm 14 Jan 22

    Mich Ael what Ella said. Some people can look at the big picture.

    Mich Ael Mich Ael 1:18 pm 14 Jan 22

    Ashley Kerlin I understand but I still wouldn't prioritise them over emergency services or the supply chain right now.

Emma Mauch Emma Mauch 10:03 am 14 Jan 22

You know who needs them more? Essential healthcare workers and teachers

    Jen Dunne Jen Dunne 10:10 am 14 Jan 22

    Emma Mauch exactly!! We can't work from home

    Kytie Mclign Kytie Mclign 11:42 am 14 Jan 22

    Emma Mauch Join your union and ask it to promote the issue then. (Sally McManus / the ACTU is already doing quite a lot on behalf of all union members, and this is informed and resourced union members.)

    Cath Roo Grassick Cath Roo Grassick 12:30 pm 14 Jan 22

    Emma Mauch like essential public servants such as teachers, hospital staff and Services Australia who process pensions and public servants who are police etc...they are public servants.....even public servants working at home processing payments for doctors surgeries for vaccinations. Don't be so ignorant about who is undertaking the work

    Kirsten Hughes Kirsten Hughes 2:28 pm 14 Jan 22

    Hell of a lot of essential workers are public servants, in State, Federal and Local govt. All emergency services, public transport, public health services, public schools, waste collection, etc etc.

    Unfortunately this current federal govt tries hard to demonise the public sector. The same public sector that some politicians get free RATs from...typical LNP prioritise themselves but everyone else has to pay!

    Helen Blake Helen Blake 4:41 pm 14 Jan 22

    Emma Mauch I know I laughed out loud when I saw that. Most of them are working from home 🙄

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