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Aged care workers across Australia will be given paid pandemic leave – Sydney Morning Herald

Workers, including casuals, in aged care are likely to receive two weeks of paid leave to encourage them to stay home if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

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Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus welcomed the decision but said it would not “remove the trap door for casual workers with irregular hours”.
“What this decision shows is that there is a need for paid pandemic leave and, while the economy is struggling, it should be government-funded for all workers so no one is even considering having to go to work with mild symptoms just to pay the bills.”
Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck said the Australian government had noted th…

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