多个COVID-19暴发李nked to the construction industry, coupled with continued concern about case numbers, transmission risk and reduced compliance, have prompted the Victorian Government to shut down construction in metropolitan Melbourne and other local government areas for two weeks. The immediate, 20 September shutdown action was taken to reduce movement, minimise transmission and allow the industry to appropriately adapt to the Chief Health Officer’s directions, including increasing vaccination rates.
一个ll construction projects in metropolitan Melbourne, City of Ballarat, City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire will be closed, with a strictly limited exemption for workers to attend the sites to respond to an emergency or perform urgent and essential work to protect health and safety. An amnesty has also been put in place so that a limited number of workers can attend construction sites in order to shut them down safely. All government construction projects in metropolitan Melbourne and relevant LGAs have also been closed, with no new work to be completed, other than work required to make the site safe and secure.
所有站点都必须在重新开放之前证明符合首席保健官指示，包括工人要求向其雇主提供证据，要求他们在10月5日返回现场之前曾接受过一剂COVID-19-19S疫苗。从9月23日起，所有建筑工人至少需要他们的第一次疫苗。维多利亚州政府将与利益相关者合作，确定该行业完全遵守这些指示的最佳方法。维多利亚州政府还将与该行业合作，以使尽可能多的工人接种疫苗，优先的Blitz一直持续到9月26日，包括在关键站点提供的步行约会（无需预订）。有关优先疫苗访问的更多信息这里。一个COVID-19 disaster paymentis available to help workers unable to earn income due to public health orders.
“We’ve been clear: if you don’t follow the rules, we won’t hesitate to take action — we have seen widespread non-compliance across the industry and that’s why we’re taking necessary steps to protect every single Victorian. We put the industry on notice just a week ago, we have seen appalling behaviour on site and on our streets, and now we’re acting decisively and without hesitation,” said Tim Pallas, Minister for Industrial Relations.
The CFMMEU has addressed the protests that took place in Melbourne, condemning the attack on the CFMEU Victorian Branch Office and the mindless acts of violence perpetrated by members of the mob. “This crowd was heavily infiltrated by neo-Nazis and other right wing extremist groups and it is clear that a minority of those who participated were actual union members,” CFMMEU stated. The CFMMEU thanked the officials, delegates and rank-and-file members of the union who came to protect their office and their officials, and noted that a number of people received minor injuries from acts of violence, including the throwing of bottles. The CFMMEU also extended its gratitude to the officials and members from other construction and trade unions who stood in solidarity with the CFMMEU.
“The union will continue to defend its members’ rights to work safely across Australia and we will not be intimidated from doing our job. These are not actions of people who care about their workmates and the construction industry. They are the actions of extremists or people manipulated by extremists,” concluded the statement.
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