Daniel Andrews announces bold plan to give casual workers five days’ sick leave at minimum wage
Daniel Andrews will grant casual workers in priority industries five days of sick and carer’s pay at the national minimum wage.
The Victoria Premier said the coronavirus pandemic has shown that people with ‘insecure work’ need help to make sure they do not work when ill.
Tuesday’s state budget will provision $5million for setting up a two-year trial of the scheme which will also pay workers to take time off to care for loved ones.
The Victoria Premier said the coronavirus pandemic has shown that people with ‘insecure work’ need help to make sure they do not work when ill
‘When people have nothing to fall back on, they make a choice between the safety of their workmates and feeding their family. The ultimate decision they make isn’t wrong – what’s wrong is they’re forced to make it at all,’ Mr Andrews said.
‘This isn’t going to solve the problem of insecure work overnight but someone has to put their hand up and say we’re going to take this out of the too hard basket and do something about it – and that’s exactly what we’re doing.’