Melbourne Meat Workers' Union Request Vaccine Exemption

Victorian mandate to slash industry

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As workers progressively call to scrap mandatory jabs, the head of the Victorian meat workers' union has demanded the industry is made exempt from the rules.

The union have requested the state government to allow unvaccinated staff to continue with their work pending they take a rapid antigen test once a day.

Paul Conway from the Australian Meat Industry says there are fears the industry will be slashed by 20% by the time the mandatory jab ruling comes into play next week.

From Friday next week, around 1.2 million Victorians who undergo authorised work must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Patrick Hutchinson, chief executive of the Australian Meat Industry Council, said worker restrictions would lead to meat shortages.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, but that’s what happens when you don’t consult with industry,”

- Hutchinson told 3AW.

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7 October 2021

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