Wendouree Electorate – Constituency Question

Ms ADDISON (Wendouree) (14:44): My question is for the Minister for Workplace Safety in the other place. Will the minister please advise how the Victorian sick pay guarantee pilot scheme for eligible casual and contract workers will benefit workers, businesses and families in my electorate of Wendouree?

I recently spoke to a young woman who is casually employed in the hospitality industry. Due to illness she was unable to work a number of her rostered shifts, which meant she received no income. Around one in five casual and contract workers work more than one job to earn a living, many without access to sick leave and carers pay.

With the introduction of Victoria’s sick pay guarantee, what benefits will this scheme provide her and the many other Victorians who work in insecure jobs across the eligible industries?

I invite the minister to join me in Ballarat to promote how the Victorian sick pay guarantee will provide a better and fairer outcome for casual workers and other insecure workers.

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