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United Workers members in the covid-19 crisis

How is Covid-19 impacting members?

Here’s what United Workers members have reported so far.
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Member stories from the Covid-19 crisis
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May 10, 2020


Ive gone from working two jobs 7 days roughly 55 to 60hrs a week to near nothing over the last two weeks. Its been a struggle to go from being offered full-time contracts from both of my work places which I absolutely love to now not working at all. Covid-19 has delayed everything for me as I didn’t get to sign any contracts before everything went into lockdown and to top it off I’m not even eligible for the governments jobkeeper payments as I haven’t even been in Canberra for 8 months. In hospitality we follow the work/shifts for a lot of us its seasonal we go from place to place to secure our pays and that’s how we survive. It seems like the government doesn’t care about our industry or even understands it by putting the limits on for jobkeeper. Im lucky I was offered a supervisor role for […]
April 2, 2020


I have lost my job and need tip rely on my partner. We needed to cut internet services and as to reduce rent
March 30, 2020


Every day we see news reports urging people to stay home, stay safe and rising infection/death tolls. This is ALARMING! We all have families, grandparents or friends to try to protect but as an essential service we are expected to put on our uniforms and game faces and get out there. We are expected to be reassuring, have all the answers AND resolve any issues and problems our clients might have. We receive updates and texts from managers but their reassurance is hollow when we know they are at home on their laptop. We have no idea if our next client is infected. No idea if our PPE is enough to protect us or if there is enough to go around. No idea if we know enough. We are isolated, ill informed and scared as hell!
March 30, 2020


As being international student, things getting hard,neither I have job nor I get any benefit given by government..
March 30, 2020


I had flu-like symptoms NOT covid-19 but I was told I wasn’t allowed to go to work whilst I had symptoms even though I got sick from multiple people at my work including my supervisor coming in sick. I will add I’m permanent but wasn’t paid for my days off and it’s now my eighth day off!
March 30, 2020


I was unfairly terminated. It’s hard to find another job because of the crisis covid-19 and make ends meet. I’m waiting for the hearing on the 20th of April for unfair dismissal. Right now I don’t have any income coming to me, I’m struggling i have 2 kids that I have to support and feed.
March 30, 2020


Low demand in hotel bookings means my casual hours are cut (100% since 14/3/20). My work income suppliments my primary income of defined benefit police pension, which is insufficient to cover mortgage, State taxes and levies, Council rates (which all increase annually at a greater rate than CPI adjustments).
March 30, 2020


My employer has stop casual It’s vary hard to pay rent bills and food expenses if no job ,Especially if you have family .
March 30, 2020


I have no work I have to pay rent by myself and feed my 4 pets and myself
March 30, 2020


Government announced all clubs closing 12 midday on Monday. I lost my shifts straight away.
March 30, 2020


By 13th of march as i was starting my job and I am sensitive to smale of lpg, I began to snizing and I have asked to leave and I have gone to hospital and to see my doctor to get medical certificate and return back to work. By 22nd still mangment not happy with me which so many of workers in contact with me in directly. Production manager try to bring me to point of anger to respond back to my coworker. For their view was outraged my behavior.
March 30, 2020


I’m one of the lucky ones, I’m still working, however my employment agency has pulled a shifty. The place where work asked the workers if anyone would be interested in arvo shift for 15% extra pay so I said yes. I was being payed above award on day shift, but now I’m getting award afternoon shift rates. So I’ve moved to arvo shift and I’m getting stuff all extra for it. Do I have a leg to stand on?
March 30, 2020


So I have been stood down at work while this crisis is happening. The manager said I haven’t lost of job but in the mean time they have to stand me down for a minimum of 4 weeks. I am a permanent with them, it started off by losing around $600 a week after tax and then literally to no work at all.
March 30, 2020


I’ve lost my job and the industry I’m trained in has fallen apart – so there’s no jobs going for chefs right now. I’m trying to apply for other work but not hearing anything as I’m unskilled/have not recently worked in other industries and there’s so much competition. I’m not going to be eligible for Centrelink because my partner earns too much – his job is likely to fall through within the month. I’m better off than many – I’m lucky to have a partner to support me. But it’s still a horrible situation and I feel helpless. I’d rather not access my super only to leave myself short later in life.
March 30, 2020


Its affecting my familybecause I am a single earner at home.My husband was driving uber but he is not been able to work from last month and my job is almost gone.Being a casual worker I am really stressed how me and my family will survive in these crisis.
March 30, 2020


I don’t have any hours due to covid-19 and I centrelink can’t help me. I have so many expenses coming up I hope this is all over before I run out of savings.
March 30, 2020

A vijayan

Because of shipping products is ready stop so no product delivery
March 30, 2020


I have no work since 2 weeks and I am struggling to pay my Bill’s and rents and have nothing in savings now.
March 30, 2020


Due to this crisis is very hard for everyone but sometimes it’s very affective for someone are like me I have to pay my loan I have to pay my mortgage I have to pay my bills I lost my wallet it’s seen to me end of my life
March 30, 2020


Financial and mantel
March 30, 2020


I was unfairly dismissed. My Orginser filling up for unfair dismissal.
March 30, 2020


Australians are probably NOT aware that New Zealanders who arrived in Australia to live and work after the 26th February 2001 on a non-protected Special Category Visa (SCV) like myself are not eligible to access the Australian unemployment benefit. This bars over 650,000 New Zealanders from receiving a benefit. I am lucky so far the logistics company I work for has not closed but other New Zealanders on a Special Category Visa may be affected. Jacinda Ardern has asked Scott Morrison on the 28th March 2020 to make an exception for those New Zealanders who are out of work due to Covid-19 who are barred from receiving the unemployment benefit. So far the Australian Government has refused to change its stance to New Zealanders with non-protected Special Category Visa.
March 30, 2020


I Have no job – been indefinately stood down
March 30, 2020


All my adult family have had to move back home and I was the only one still with a job Now we’re all unemployed I have a mortgage and due to medical circumstances need private medical cover which I’m now struggling to afford I NEED to work
March 30, 2020


As a support worker more of my supports ate being cancelled due to social distancing regulations. I am finding that only priority supports are going ahead. In time I am concerned we well only be allowed to enter a certain amount of homes which will drop wages drastically. I also don’t understand why unemployed had payments doubled to stay at home yet those of us on the front line essential services get nothing to put our lives at risk.
March 30, 2020


My whole work place closed due to the virus
March 30, 2020


I had to take carers leave as my child has a chronic illness. Doctor certificate provided have used all my leave and I can’t access the 20 days Covid19 leave as that is only if you have the virus. I now have no income and I haven’t lost my job but I still have to stay home with my child.
March 30, 2020


hard to find work
March 30, 2020


I am temporarily stood down without pay from my fullltime employment.I am paying a mortgage and all the utility bills. With no enough money save and a single income earner, I am so worried what gonna happen tomorrow or so…. Gov’t wage subsidy would be a till i get.on my feet.again…Working in the hospitality industry there is no assurance that the job will come back in a short period of time. With.NO MONEY to live on I would like reach to the prime ministet” where.will i go?”I’ve.working and paying tax for 31 years !!!!
March 30, 2020


Professionally I’ve been stood down. Personally I’m stressed, have anxiety attacks at times yet I’m one of the lucky ones. For now, I’m still employed, lucky I’m full time and step by step applying for my entitlements within my work company and from outside sources. If all goes to plan I should be ok yet I feel like crap, imagine those who have lost their jobs, how they must be feeling? Right now I’m angry, really, really angry, a rage I haven’t felt in a long time. I’m angry at the government, they forced businesses to shut their doors and those that lost their jobs, have been stood down and business owners who have lost their businesses have to line up and apply for the dole. We, the workers shouldn’t have to apply we should get unemployment benefits automatically and it’s us who should get the extra payment not those […]
March 30, 2020


I am immunosuppressed and my doctor advised I’m high risk and need to isolate. As a result I can no longer support the elderly as a Homecare Worker. I have only 6 hrs sick leave and 28 hrs annual leave to live on while I wait for Centrelink to process my claim.
March 30, 2020


My gym has shut and shifts are no more
March 30, 2020


Financially is the big impact because it’s the source of income I have & at the same time I’m the only one helping my family back home and not to mention I have mortgage n other obligations as well. It’s very stressful really.
March 30, 2020


With running a essential service early learning centre but is has slowly depleted in a full service to almost eerie feeling way to many of the educators are looking hours almost at speed of virus itself. There is no precaution put in place to protect ourselves from Novel Coronarvis 19 whilst we are at work as early childhood educators can not realistically work within rule social distancing ourselves from the children as our job is about caring and educating young children who potentially getting it from their family and infecting everybody who comes into contact with child this is outraged you don’t have plan.
March 30, 2020


Hi I was a head chef in the restaurant. Lost my job because of closure of business and unsure if the owner will reopen the restaurant after these crisis over! I have mortgage to pay and bills grocery etc. Which i have no idea how to do?
March 30, 2020


Stood down
March 30, 2020


I work with high risk disabled people and have had to step back from assisting them with their daily needs. I had to advise my employer that I was coming down with what I assume is a cold and that I should stay away from certain clients (those on triweekly dialysis etc) Add on the fact I have a high risk son who had chronic Asthma, I couldn’t risk sending him to preschool and had to make the decision to keep all three of my children at home. Therefore my loss of income will be on going as most of my family are unable to help me with care arrangements so I can go back to work. However to my understanding they are cutting ‘unnecessary shifts’ meaning unless clients require more hands on physical assistance my community access shifts have also been cut. I went from working almost every day, […]
March 30, 2020


I’m currently on quarantine for Covid-19, There is no leave benefit for this and i won’t have enough sick leave to cover my pay and won’t be able to buy the bare essentials to even make it from next pay as I had to self isolate before this happened for 5 days due to a family member getting tested. This means I will be away from work for over 19 days. This means over half a month without pay. I believe there should be something implemented to assist workers across the country of Australia as i live in Sydney NSW and everything is expensive to even get through the day to day living.
March 30, 2020


I was asked to take 4 weeks long service on Wednesday which was accepted and on Friday afternoon was told most of us were being stood down. I thought I would have 4 weeks with pay now I have no income. Did not think they could do that.
March 30, 2020


im on income protection and not getting one cent from the government due to the virus and its not my fault not being at work right now …. trying to get back to work asap and survive now and pay bills so why aren’t those on income protection getting help from the government…we need it too
March 30, 2020


Lost some of my contractual works
March 30, 2020

Janette Rose

*Loss of hours & klms due to client cancellations *putting ourselves in danger going into the clients homes & doing personal care & taking them shopping etc with close contact *We havent been supplied with the proper masks & there is no more sanitizer supplied.. we dont have thermometers to do appropriate temperature testing like other industries
March 30, 2020


Hotel occupancy down no work
March 27, 2020


Anxious and worry every day that I will call I have no more job.
March 27, 2020


Very sad with this epidemic and we hope getting better for we can work as a family again
March 27, 2020


I work in hospitality industry, in food & beverage. I was stood down this Wednesday because our restaurant was closed until further notice. No income because of that.
March 27, 2020


Can’t work.i am in isolation and i am a carer for my wife. And i am a delegat for my union. I am doing my best to help members by phone and e mail.
March 27, 2020

not sure of the virious

looking for better & reguler shifts
March 27, 2020


There is no longer any work. I am a single income house. I live alone. I have 50% of my son. I may have to stop having him over because I may not be able to afford to feed him. Unless I can get access to my super I will be in alot of trouble.
March 27, 2020

Kum choo

Unable to pays morgages and unavoided expenses ( house assessment, mobile bill, insurances, petrol, electricity and water bills). Health deteriorate because lack of sleep due to worries. Worries about centerlink unable on acting fast when the bills on due date. The end effect can cause me depressed even more about the situation which i cant do anything but just waiting government to reply fast about the application .

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