The NSW Government blindsided the construction industry with a 14-day shutdown announced Saturday 17 July.
The ETU Construction and Lifts Team is on hand to provide full information and support to our members throughout this period.
We list below the key financial support that will or may be available to ETU members from today.
To access these payments you will need to establish a myGov account. See this link: https://my.gov.au/LoginServices/main/login?execution=e1s1
COVID Disaster Payment
The first thing I urge every member to do is apply immediately for the NSW Covid Disaster Payment at this link
The COVID Disaster Payment (taxable) provides $600 per week for workers in a NSW COVID hotspot who have lost 20 or more hours of work per week.
Workers who have lost between 8-20 hours per week are eligible for $375 per week.
You can qualify for the COVID Disaster Payment even if you are being paid certain types of leave. Please check eligibility at the link above.
The Payment is available immediately, is available to visa workers, and there is no liquid assets test.
Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment
The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment covers NSW workers unable to work because they must self-isolate or quarantine, or are caring for someone with COVID-19.
This Payment is a lump sum $1,500 for 14 days and is available to visa workers. Apply at this link
Other government benefits
Depending on your personal circumstances, there may be other Centrelink benefits you can access. Contact Services Australia 180 22 66
A $2,000 Stand Down payment (taxable) is available from MERT to assist with hardship, followed by a second $2,000 payment five weeks later. Access from www.mert.com.au or call 1800 023 692
If you test positive for COVID-19 as a direct result of workplace exposure, you may be eligible for workers compensation. Contact your ETU organiser or the ETU email@example.com or (02) 9267 4844.
COVID-19 is a covered event under your Chifley Income Protection Policy. Members may be covered if there is an inability to work through sickness and accident as a result of COVID-19. Go to www.chifleyservices.com.au or call 1800 800 002
ETU information & support
For more information and support, please contact your ETU organiser, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 9267 4844.
ETU construction organisers
Fred Barbin email@example.com 0437 031 840
Stewart Edward firstname.lastname@example.org 0419 210 442
Antony Stegic email@example.com 0414 877 943
Nick Bligh firstname.lastname@example.org 0475 284 234
Lawrie Duff email@example.com 0400 749 008
ETU lift industry organiser
Steve Bankes firstname.lastname@example.org 0414 877 553
The ETU is working with other industry stakeholders towards the goal of getting the construction and lift industries open for members to work safely as soon as possible.
The union is also lobbying for increased government support for workers and families impacted by COVID restrictions.
We will send updates as new information comes to hand.
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Secretary, ETU NSW & ACT