Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

There are shock allegations that transport workers are being forced to drive trucks and buses while infected with COVID-19.

It comes after more than two thousand workers in freight, logistics, distribution centers, passenger transport, waste, food delivery and aviation completed a survey.

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It found that many people are pressured to continue working despite having symptoms of the virus, and close contacts are asked not to be tested so they can continue working.

The Transport Workers Union (TWU), which conducted the survey, said other worrying topics included management failing to inform staff that they had worked with positive colleagues, and infected random workers completing shifts as they were not eligible for sick leave.

There are allegations that bus drivers are being forced to work while in favor of COVID.
There are allegations that bus drivers are being forced to work while in favor of COVID. Credit: Getty Images

TWU National Assistant Secretary Nick McIntosh described the findings as “really shocking” and said he had heard “horrific stories” from people working during the Omicron eruption.

“Bus drivers carrying children, elderly parents and the most vulnerable in our society are being asked to work while dizzy and tired,” he claimed. Sunrise.

“Truck drivers who share a cabin for 12 hours at a time with other drivers are not told that the person they are taking over from has had COVID.

“There is no deep cleaning in the cab.

“Employees are told across supply chains that they should not worry about isolation and not worry about testing because they just need to get the job done.”

Truck drivers say they are not told when colleagues test positive and their cabs are not cleaned.
Truck drivers say they are not told when colleagues test positive and their cabs are not cleaned. Credit: Tim Graham/Getty Images

Under pandemic rules in all states and territories except WA, workers who test positive must isolate themselves for one week after their test.

Close contacts must also isolate for seven days and return a negative test on day six, although in some states, including NSW, Victoria and Queensland, workers may be eligible for exemptions.

According to these rules, workers must wear a mask and receive a daily rapid antigen test.

Sir. McIntosh said the TWU wants the government to crack down on risky bosses, give employees leave to get booster jabs and make quick antigen tests free and available.

“The great tragedy of all this is that it could be completely prevented, the government was warned last year that we needed quick tests to keep the supply chains going in case of a new wave,” he said.

“There are a lot of employers who really want to do the right thing, but they do not have access to quick tests to test their staff properly.”

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