This has led to an overwhelming of our health systems and a crippling of our supply chains. Some employers are responding by pressuring Covid-positive people to work, others have not changed safety measures despite the more infectious nature of Omicron, workers are sick, many now without income and there is a serious lack of national leadership.
Too many people are being put in harm’s way and the failure of the federal government to secure RATs means we do not have the tools to keep ourselves and the community safe. We have offered to work with the Morrison government as we did in 2020, but this offer has gone unanswered.
We have called on the government to provide the immediate support working people need, such as free RATs, better masks, proper definitions of close contact and support for businesses and workers in the unofficial lockdown. These requests have also fallen on deaf ears, just like our requests to the federal government to secure a supply of RATs six months ago.