This news comes one week after the introduction of a controversial vaccination mandate, which dictates that all Victorians holding authorised worker permits must have received at least one dose of vaccine by October 15.
Those who lose more than 20 hours of work per week will be eligible to receive a weekly payment of $750, while those who lose between eight and 20 hours of work per week will receive a weekly payment of $450.
These payments will only be available until the Victorian population reaches 80% double vaccination status – which is likely to be in early November – before the Commonwealth phases out the payments over a two-week period.
State secretary of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), Ben Davis, told the Herald Sun that the union felt “somewhat blindsided and frustrated” by the mandate and that many of the union’s members were among those who object to being vaccinated.
“As much as we don’t like it, there’s not a lot we can do to stop it.”
The AWU represents members from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, steel, aluminium, glass, oil and gas, aviation, agriculture, construction, state public services, local government, health, plastics, hospitality, food, paper, resources, aquaculture, the beauty industry, events, and racing industries.
Mr Davis said that the AWU was willing to support unfair dismissal cases for unvaccinated union members that lose their jobs, however, he did encourage those who are hesitant about vaccination to voice their concerns with their doctor.
“The best thing you can do is go and get vaccinated,” said Mr Davis.