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To: Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia

COVID-19: Two weeks paid leave for casual workers affected by Coronavirus

We are demanding that the Morrison Government provide two weeks paid special leave for the 3.3 million Australians who have no access to paid leave, and face having to stay away from work because of Coronavirus.

Why is this important?

We are saying with one big loud voice: it’s time for the Federal Government to step up and support casual workers and the businesses that employ them.

Everyone besides this government understands that casual workers cannot afford to go into quarantine for two weeks without pay.

Nor can these workers afford to go on Newstart which is just $40 a day and below the poverty line. And many workers aren’t even eligible.

No one wants casual workers going to work who are sick simply because they can't afford to lose pay.

Lots of businesses are doing the right thing and supporting their staff.

But many small businesses are already on their knees from the bushfires and they face another massive blow from the Coronavirus.

Now is the time for real leadership.

We need this government to step in and ensure all workers forced to take leave because of Coronavirus can do so, and not be left out of pocket.


Reasons for signing

  • The pollies get paid for everything so why shouldn't every one else!

Updates

2020-03-18 18:38:11 +1100

10,000 signatures reached

2020-03-16 22:27:59 +1100

5,000 signatures reached

2020-03-13 09:47:28 +1100

Who can afford to wait 13 weeks? And what about workers from overseas? They get nothing at all.

The bills don't stop. The rent still needs to be paid. You still need to feed yourself.

What are these workers and their families supposed to do?

This is a betrayal.

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/casual-workers-face-wait-up-to-13-weeks-for-coronavirus-payment-20200312-p549cj.html?fbclid=IwAR2x5ZN5eYukVpEXxccYYmyF0rLRkRoHPlwuim86Gv25-0Qr5sNrATXOVzQ

2020-03-12 19:59:04 +1100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-03-12 18:05:18 +1100

500 signatures reached

2020-03-12 17:29:39 +1100

100 signatures reached

2020-03-12 17:26:46 +1100

50 signatures reached

2020-03-12 17:25:34 +1100

25 signatures reached

2020-03-12 17:24:53 +1100

10 signatures reached