During this unprecedented bushfire season, specifically over the last month as smoke haze has worsened across our states, unions have seen more workers requesting information on their rights to work.
UnionsACT and the Australian Council of Trade Unions have produced fact sheets about workers’ health rights and smoke. You can read the fact sheets here.
The UnionsACT launched the Young Workers Centre last year to specifically assist younger workers. There are reports that younger workers are being pressured by employers into working or being instructed to remove protective masks. A specific fact sheet about workplace rights and the smoke for young people has been developed to assist in cases of workplace bullying. They have requested that this fact sheet be shared between younger workers, their co-workers and parents.
Smoke inhalation can have long term health impacts, to combat any long-term effects the Young Workers Centre will expand its Summer Patrols and distribute Work Health and Safety information to workers to provide further awareness.
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