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OVERNIGHT, the NSW State Government updated its website to further clarify an exemption for “transport workers”, which includes bus drivers, in current LGA lockdown areas Sydney, the unions point out.
The NSW government has updated the advice on ‘authorized workers’ on its website that allows them to ‘go to work’; this includes freight, logistics, couriers and delivery people, bus drivers, waste workers and airport workers, the unions stress.
TWU NSW and ARTIO NSW both hailed the exemption, which allows transport workers to leave LGAs in Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown to work, but also call on the NSW government to provide clear guidance to workers, employers and those applying new restrictions, they explain.
The TWU and ARTIO are also calling on NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to announce that this exemption will apply to future instant rule changes, which cause “undue confusion and stress,” according to the unions.
Yesterday, unions wrote to the Premier of NSW for an exemption for transport workers – including bus drivers – to ensure communities in NSW are not cut off from essential supplies like food and medicine, passenger transport and waste removal services.
Overnight, presumably in response, the NSW government updated the ‘authorized worker’ advice on its website that allows them to ‘go to work’; this includes freight, logistics, couriers and delivery people, bus drivers, waste workers and airport workers.
Taxi and carpooling drivers did not get the exemption.
TWU NSW branch secretary Richard Olsen welcomed the exemption, but said “future stress and confusion” should be avoided.
“The exemption will be a relief for the more than 20,000 transport workers in southwest Sydney who yesterday thought they could not go to work,” said Olsen.
“We commend the NSW government for responding quickly to our calls for an exemption; however, advice to workers and operators is still far too slow.
âTransport workers have kept this country moving throughout the pandemic. âThey are exhausted, but continue to work hard every day because they know how important their work is to our communities.
âThey shouldn’t be stressed out by the confusion and chaos.
“The NSW government must provide clear advice, consult with key industries like transport before making any swift decisions and announce that this exemption will be valid for all future foreclosure measures,” he said. declared.
ARTIO NSW Secretary Laurie D’Apice said clear advice urgently needed to be provided to the industry.
“We are delighted that a full exemption has been granted, but transport companies need more clarity than an updated web page,” D’Apice said.
âThe extreme demand in the transportation industry cannot resist mixed messages which cause delays and frustration,â he added.
âTransportation is a 24/7 industry. Setbacks only hurt businesses and the economy and prevent workers from doing their essential jobs,â he said.
The NSW government website has been updated to read: âIf you live in the local government areas of Fairfield, Liverpool or Canterbury-Bankstown, you cannot leave the local government area in which you live to work unless you are a licensed worker. “
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