PETER DUTTON DENIES BORDER FORCE OFFICERS CORONAVIRUS SICK LEAVE

16 March 2020

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Monday, 16 March 2020
9:14 AM



SENATOR THE HON KRISTINA KENEALLY
DEPUTY LABOR LEADER IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

THE HON TONY BURKE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
MANAGER OF OPPOSITION BUSINESS
MEMBER FOR WATSON

 
PETER DUTTON DENIES BORDER FORCE OFFICERS CORONAVIRUS SICK LEAVE
 
Reports today reveal casual Australian Border Force (ABF) officers responsible for protecting Australia’s borders from the coronavirus have been denied additional sick leave if they become infected, or have to self-isolate, as a result of being exposed to Covid-19.
 
Peter Dutton’s Department of Home Affairs has granted coronavirus-related sick leave for their full time ABF officers – choosing to entrench a double standard for their casual staff.
 
There are 850 casual employees in the Department of Home Affairs including some 150 at Sydney airport alone.
 
By Home Affairs’ own admission, these ABF casuals are on the frontline – interacting with and processing arrivals into Australia – and will also be relied upon as new stricter border protection measures are rolled out across Australian airports.
 
These revelations come after Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter said last week, “the purpose of casual employment is that you’re paid extra in-lieu of the types of entitlements.”
 
Coronavirus can’t tell the difference between a casual or a fulltime worker and casual ABF officers should have access to the same coronavirus sick leave as their full time counterparts – it’s that simple.
 
Peter Dutton is asking his ABF officers to protect Australians from coronavirus – the least he can do is help protect them, their families and their pay packets.
 
Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton can, and should, fix this problem today.
 
MONDAY, 16 MARCH 2020

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