View from Canberra 2021 July

The BIC has long advocated for public transport to be acknowledged as an essential service – a service that should be a basic fundamental right for all Australians. Interestingly, it seems to be lost on governments that PT in fact provides a service to other industries considered as essential services. As PT workers form so much of the front-line staff, there are a number of issues that will need to be considered as the vaccination program ramps-up:
  • providing paid leave to employees who get their two jabs
  • time off for dealing with side effects from the vaccinations
  • incentives, such as discounted buying, to encourage vaccinations
  • preference to vaccinated drivers in high-risk work, in line with recent decisions of the Fair Work Commission which have endorsed termination of aged and day care workers who have refused the vaccinations.

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