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Union slams NSW Government over new Covid-19 isolation rules

Jan 10th 2022

Union slams NSW Government over new Covid-19 isolation rules

A union has condemned the decision by the NSW Government to allow essential asymptomatic close contacts to go to work without isolating.

Terming the decision as reckless, the Transport Workers Union said the changes will cause infections to rise.

"Workers are being thrown to the wolves by a government that continues to ignore all the warnings," said the union's national secretary, Michael Kaine.

"We know, even if you're asymptomatic, you can still spread the virus. Requiring potentially sick people to go to work won't make supply chains healthy."

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) acting secretary Liam O'Brien said the union was worried the decision would cause a rise in Covid-19 infections.

"All we are going to do is add and increase the infections that are happening in workplaces," Mr O'Brien said.

"That will, in the medium term, cripple our supply chains.

"[Employees] are only going to be even more anxious about catching COVID at work."

Read the full story on ABC News website.

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