As Melbourne riots, Sydney traditions go back to work: Gladys signs 100 percent of construction workers back to work next week
- Sydney’s construction industry has been partially shut down since July 17
- Returned to 50% work capacity in August, but unvaccinated workers were locked out
- The change on Monday ensures that all construction work is allowed to take place
The vast majority of frustrated construction workers in Sydney will be given the green light to return to work from next Monday.
NSW Health plans to update the rules and restrictions on construction workers so that ‘all construction work can take place’, with the only remaining limits for unvaccinated workers from the 12 local government areas of concern.
One of the driving forces behind the change is that many fully vaccinated Sydney traditions will no longer be able to work, with an unintended effect on workforce capacity limits.
The vast majority of frustrated construction workers in Sydney are given the green light to return to work from next Monday
NSW Health plans to update rules and restrictions on construction workers so that ‘all construction work can take place’, with the only remaining limits for unvaccinated workers from the 12 local government areas of concern
Many workplaces began to struggle with capacity constraints introduced in August that effectively limited workforces to 50 percent of their required size.
The limit slowed down workflow at nearly all sites, and at large sites forced suppliers to stagger the arrival of critical construction supplies.
The generally strong acceptance by the NSW construction industry of the government’s message to get vaccinated is also believed to be behind the easing of restrictions that has been hampering the industry for more than two months.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted NSW Health for further comment.
While many Sydney traditions held back, thousands reluctantly accepted the direction and saw it as the logical way to get back to work.
The NSW industry’s response to requests to vaccinate stands in stark contrast to the high-profile public disorder caused in Melbourne by hundreds of insurgent traditions over the past two weeks.
The NSW CFMEU also heavily promoted vaccination, including an invitation to construction workers to attend a 12-hour ‘super Sunday’ event on August 15, where Pfizer would be available to anyone between the ages of 16 and 39.
NSW’s construction sector has been subject to restrictions since the industry’s total shutdown in mid-July and despite the industry being allowed to restart under capacity constraints in August, the industry has grown increasingly frustrated.
The NSW industry’s response to requests to vaccinate stands in stark contrast to the high-profile public disorder caused in Melbourne by hundreds of insurgent traditions over the past two weeks
The NSW Premier is set to resume all construction work in Sydney
That change allowed work at sites in Sydney to resume with one person per four square metres, or with ’50 percent of the maximum daily workforce’ in a site.
The restrictions that still restrict some traditions from working apply to those unvaccinated people who work in or travel from the state’s 12 LGAs of concern.
Construction can normally take place in those 12 LGAs, but workers must follow NSW Health’s Covid-19 vaccination requirements.
Those same construction workers who live in, or are going to work in, an LGA of concern must have had at least one dose in the past 21 days and have been tested in the past three days, or be on a waiver.