Governments COVID 19 economic package welcomed

TheCouncil of Trade Unions is welcoming today’s significant package as a firststage to support New Zealand working people and our economy as a result ofCOVID-19. “This package provides an immediate boost to get through thesechallenging times,” CTU President Richard Wagstaff said.

“Ensuringthat working kiwis, including those working as contractors or casuals, arefinancially supported so that they can self-isolate and take sick leave, istremendously important. Employers have a pivotal role to play in responding tothe impacts of COVID-19 and slowing down the spread. The government is doingits bit – now business and employers must do theirs.”

“Theannouncement of the COVID-19 wage subsidy scheme provides employers with acritical boost to maintain their workforce during this critical period.”

“Ensuringour health workforce, including those working with communities to stop thespread of disease (public health experts), are getting the resources they needto do their jobs is critical. An extra $500 million for health services is agood start for a sector approaching winter. Having a strong public service is akey component to what will get us through this.”

“If workplaces aren’t already prepared, now is the time to act. Employers need to be working with their employees and unions to plan collectively. Special attention needs to be paid to those work-forces who are the most vulnerable – aged care, cleaners, health workforce, public sector, retail and hospitality working people are all in more vulnerable positions.”

“New Zealanders believe in the value of strong communities. This strong belief in community and the value that we place in having strong public institutions means that we, as a nation are well placed to deal with COVID-19,” Wagstaff said.

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