While Melbourne riots, Sydney’s tradies go back to work: Gladys signs off on 100 per cent of construction workers returning to the job next week
- Sydney construction industry has been in partial shut-down since July 17
- Returned to 50% working capacity in August, but unvaccinated workers shut out
- The change on Monday will see all construction work allowed to take place
The vast majority of Sydney’s frustrated construction workers are set to get the green light to return to work from next Monday.
NSW Health is set to update its rules and restrictions for construction workers, allowing ‘all construction work to take place’, with the only remaining limits being on unvaccinated workers from the 12 Local Government Areas of concern.
One of the drivers of the change is understood to be that many fully-vaccinated Sydney tradies have been prevented from returning to work, in an unintended effect of the capacity caps on workforces.
It comes as thousands attended violent protests in Melbourne, rallying against mandatory vaccines for the city’s tradies.
The vast majority of Sydney’s frustrated construction workers are set to get the green light to return to work from next Monday
Meanwhile, tradies forced off the job in Melbourne took to the streets in violent rallies after being ordered to get vaccinated against Covid
NSW Health is set to update its rules and restrictions for construction workers, allowing ‘all construction work to take place’, with the only remaining limits on unvaccinated workers from the 12 Local Government Areas of concern
Many worksites began to struggle with capacity constraints introduced in August that effectively restricted workforces to 50 per cent of their required size.
The cap slowed workflows on almost all sites, and on big sites forced suppliers to stagger the arrival of crucial building supplies.
The NSW building industry’s generally strong take-up of the government’s message to get vaccinated is also believed to be behind the easing of restrictions that have hampered the industry for over two months.
While many Sydney tradies were reluctant, thousands begrudgingly accepted the direction seeing it as the logical means to return to work.
A line of police officers in masks are pictured protecting the CFMEU headquarters in Melbourne’s CBD on Tuesday as anti-vaxx protests turned violent
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 defiant tradies in the past two weeks.
The NSW CFMEU also heavily promoted vaccination, which included an invite to construction workers to attend a 12 hour ‘super Sunday’ event on August 15 where Pfizer would be available for anyone aged between 16 and 39.
The NSW building industry has been subject to restrictions since the total shut-down of industry in mid-July and despite being allowed to restart with capacity constraints in August, the industry was 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 defiant tradies in the past two weeks
The NSW Premier is set to allow all construction to recommence in Sydney
That change allowed work to recommence at Sydney sites with one person per four square metres or at ’50 per cent of the maximum daily workforce’ on a site.
The restrictions still limiting some tradies from working apply to unvaccinated people working in or travelling from the state’s 12 LGAs of concern.
Construction can take place as normal in those 12 LGAs, but workers must follow NSW Health’s Covid-19 vaccination requirements.
They must prove they have had two doses of a Covid vaccine, one dose within the last three weeks or have had a test in the last 72 hours as well as one vaccine dose.
Those same construction workers living in an LGA of concern, or going to work in one, must have had at least one dose within the last 21 days and been tested in the past three days, or have an exemption.