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Rail Tram and Bus Union assistant state secretary Tom Brown has welcomed a last-minute change of heart by the Brisbane City Council that will see special COVID-19 leave conditions extended for older and “at risk” bus drivers.
Mr Brown said the council had agreed late on Wednesday to extend COVID-19 leave for vulnerable bus drivers, after the initial leave period was due to end tomorrow (Friday).
“People were being phoned by management to say their leave was finished and they would have to go back to work or access their sick leave to continue staying at home,” Mr Brown said.
Council was attempting to cap special leave arrangements at 20 days, which was up tomorrow (Friday), for around 200 bus drivers and another 100 or so were already accessing sick/personal leave, Mr Brown said.
“The drivers were getting calls from management instructing them to return to work on Monday or get a medical certificate,” he said.
Mr Brown said he had finally been able to tell his members the good news, after the Lord Mayor’s office considered the outcome.
The decision confirmed that the leave arrangements will be extended until May 26, when it will be reviewed again, Mr Brown said.
He said the union “was pleased” with the outcome.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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