Partial re-opening of Greater Sydney construction 31 July
COVID-19 Disaster Payment increased + new welfare supplement
There will be a partial re-opening of construction in Greater Sydney from 31 July, with preparatory works permitted from 29 July.
However construction will remain closed in eight Local Government Areas. Workers residing in those eight LGAs will not be authorised to leave their LGA to work on sites across Greater Sydney.
The eight affected LGAs are:
This partial lifting of the Greater Sydney construction lockdown was announced by the NSW Government today, 28 July.
The ETU welcomes the partial re-opening, however the announcement falls short of the full re-opening sought by the ETU and other unions.
The ETU has met daily with industry unions, employers and the NSW Government over the past two weeks.
Together the industry parties developed a plan that we believed should have allowed the construction sector to open safely.
The NSW Government has today adopted many of the controls from our plan, however the Government refused to let work proceed in the eight LGAs, and has prevented construction workers from those eight areas from being able to leave for work.
The information below summarises the NSW Government requirements and guidelines for the partial re-opening of the Greater Sydney construction sector.
Also below are updates on the increased COVID-19 Disaster Payment and new welfare supplement.
COVID-19 Safety Plans
Every site in Greater Sydney must complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
You can view the Plan here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe
Plans must be completed before works can recommence on Saturday 31 July (or whenever construction recommences) and a printed copy of the Plan must be available for inspection on site.
Urgent construction work can continue before and after 31 July, including in the eight identified LGAs.
From Thursday 29 July 2021, some preparatory work is permitted on construction sites, including:
Work can resume at residential premises from 31 July, subject to strict conditions.
There must be no contact between residents and workers.Residents must vacate the area of works.
Maximum of five outdoor and two indoor workers.
Work on residential premises is not permitted in the eight identified LGAs. Workers from those eight LGAs cannot leave home to work.
Supply chain support
Businesses which are critical to the construction supply chain will be permitted to operate, including in the eight identified LGAs.
Critical businesses include those manufacturing construction materials, support and components.
Workers in Greater Sydney, including the eight LGAs, will be authorised to leave their LGAs to work in critical supply chain businesses. General construction workers are not authorised.
Financial assistance for construction & lift sector workers
The union has provided two previous ETU Briefings on financial assistance available to members.
Today we can update members regarding the COVID-19Disaster Payment and a new welfare supplement.
The COVID-19 Disaster Payment for Greater Sydney has increased to $750 weekly, for those who have lost 20 hours or more work. The new weekly rate for those who have lost between eight hours and 19 hours work is $450.
Apply for COVID-19 Disaster Payment here (you will first need to set up a myGov account): https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/covid-19-disaster-payment-new-south-wales/how-claim
Welfare recipients in Greater Sydney who have lost at least eight hours work per week can claim a welfare supplement of $200 per week, from next Tuesday.
Read the 17 July ETU Financial Assistance Briefing: https://etunsw.com.au/electrical-contracting-and-servicing/financial-support-during-greater-sydney-construction-shutdown
Read the 20 July ETU Financial Assistance Update: https://etunsw.com.au/electrical-contracting-and-servicing/5-000-mert-hardship-payment-covid-disaster-payment-leave-eligibilit
ETU information and support
The ETU welcomes this partial re-opening of the Greater Sydney construction sector. However we are disappointed that many workers have been excluded because they live in the eight LGAs.
We continue to meet with industry stakeholders and will continue to push for a full re-opening on the construction sector, with members able to work safely.
All ETU organisers and staff are working to support our members. Please contact the ETU at email@example.com (02) 9267 4844 or via your organiser for information, advice and support. Organiser contacts below.
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Secretary, ETU NSW & ACT
ETU construction organisers
Fred Barbin firstname.lastname@example.org 0437 031 840
Stewart Edward email@example.com 0419 210 442
Antony Stegic firstname.lastname@example.org 0414 877 943
Nick Bligh email@example.com 0475 284 234
Lawrie Duff firstname.lastname@example.org 0400 749 008
ETU lift industry organiser
Steve Bankes email@example.com 0414 877 553