Printers at News Corp Australia’s Chullora print site have been told to get jabbed before coming into to work.
Employees at the site – which prints News titles including The Australian and the Daily Telegraph, as well as contract work including the Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Financial Review – will need to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by this Sunday evening.
The plant is in one of Sydney’s Local Government “areas of concern”, with the move following an extension of the vaccine deadline for authorised workers by NSW Health.
Printing trade publication Sprinter reported that fewer than ten workers from a 70-strong workforce were affected by the plan, according to AMWU print and packaging secretary Lorraine Cassin.
Those who have not had a first dose in time will have to take annual leave or long service leave if they are to be paid.
Nine Entertainment’s Sydney Morning Herald quoted News Corp NSW managing director Nicholas Gray, who confirmed the mandate affecting essential workers. “Their health and safety is a priority,” he said.
Cassin told Sprinter that while the union supported vaccination, “we don’t support mandatory vaccinations”.
She said News was looking at extending the measure to other sites.
GXpress has approached the publisher for comment about Chullora and other sites including its new Truganina site in western Melbourne.
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