WA’s workplace vaccine mandates will be scaled back significantly from this week. As the state has removed more of its COVID restrictions.
What impact has this mandate had on the WA Workforce and unemployment rates?
Premier Mark McGowan said with a third-dose rate of 81.8% and falling case numbers, the time was right to move to the next phase of restrictions. Only people working in healthcare, hospitals and aged and disability care will be required to be vaccinated. Simon Creek, from HHG Legal Group, joined Mike to discuss the impact this mandate has had on the WA workforce and what to expect from employment figures. Only a small percentage of the workforce left their job in response to the mandates. However, because we are facing a labour shortage it couldn’t have come at a worse time. “Our unemployment figures are at an all-time low. It’s kind of an irrelevancy for the state government to keep trotting this out as a victory. We have another problem that is much bigger we can’t get enough people in any sector. But that is not to say our Premier didn’t make the right call.”
Will people return to their previous jobs?
Will people return to their previous jobs, now that the mandates have been lifted? “BHP has continued to lock out unvaccinated employees. We’ve lost 2-3% of our workforce and we can live with that.” Other companies like Rio Tinto are welcoming back unjabbed workers and are scrapping vaccination checks at airports. But small businesses have struggled to stay afloat due to lockdowns and a loss of staff. “What I see business owners doing now is scrambling to get back good workers, who they didn’t ever want to lose but felt they had no choice but to let go because of the mandates.”
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