Staff ordered on to annual leave during flood
As the Fitzroy River flooded into Rockhampton’s suburban streets and homes, staff at a southeast Queensland council were told they should use their annual leave for their time away from work.
Despite warnings from Queensland police and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to seek shelter and stay off the roads during and after Cyclone Debbie, council workers were told they’d still be slugged annual leave.
“Our view is that, when there is a natural disaster like that, the employer should be ensuring that staff are treated appropriately,” Services Union Secretary Neil Henderson said.
“Now’s not the time to be clawing back entitlements from those who listened to the warnings issued by the authorities. They were acting responsibly in what was an emergency weather event,” Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said. (Source: 7 News)