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June 30, 2020

AWU Workplace Health & Safety Alert

30th June 2020

Right throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the AWU’s number one priority has been keeping you safe at work.

We’ve had some great successes at bringing down the number of COVID-19 cases and limiting the spread of infection, but we can’t afford to get complacent now.

It’s more important than ever that we hold employers to account to free from harm.

Unfortunately, we know that as social distancing restrictions start to wind down and more and more people return to work there is a real risk of additional outbreaks.

Under workplace health and safety laws, your employer has an obligation to provide you with a safe workplace free from harm.

This means that your employer still must:

  1. Implement reasonable and responsible social distancing measures
  2. Have a plan in place to prevent the spread of infection
  3. Consult with workers on measures being used to keep you safe
  4. Provide all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE)

Remember, it is illegal for your employer to take any action against you for raising a safety issue.

There’s never been a more important time to be a member of the AWU.

If you’ve got a safety issue at work or don’t think that your boss is doing the right thing, speak to your AWU Delegate or Organiser today.

Your Union is working hard to ensure that AWU members are kept safe at work – and that you’re treated fairly if your workplace is affected.

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