Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Construction Workers

It has taken time coming but now Covid has broken out on building sites. In spite of government, construction companies, unions and workers denials, you only have to walk past a building site to see that there is very little Covid working rule compliance. Hey, building workers won't even comply when they leave work for smoko or lunch, while not eating, smoking or drinking coffee. They are big powerful straight men, and large biceps probably make you immune to Covid, but they sure can contract it and spread it, as they have.

Building workers have been protesting against the lock down of their lunch rooms, a prime place for Covid transmission where they unmask and sit together, and them having to be vaccinated to work on site. It seems like they prefer to catch Covid, prefer to infect their families and the community and overload our hospital system. I suggest such people are not the brightest sparks in the fire.

The government is punishing them and rightly so. All but essential building sites have been shut down for two weeks and the construction workers won't be paid. 

I don't usually side with conservative politicians but as a late past 1960s Victorian Premier said about schoolteachers who were protesting to improve their working conditions and pay, 'They can bloody well march up and down Bourke Street until they are footsore'. 

So I say it to building workers. I do not like masks. My mother at 87 does not like masks. I don't like not being able to see friends and family. I don't like being so restricted. We were both vaccinated against Covid at the earliest opportunity we could without being choosy about which vaccine. The best vaccine is the one you can get now.  We follow the rules for our own good and that of the communities we live among.

Construction workers, get with the majority of us. You are not above nor beyond us.

33 comments:

  1. Yes. And I see in today's news that 'A leading epidemiologist has labelled the NSW government's decision to lift construction site restrictions on unvaccinated workers as "a bit dangerous".'
    I would agree. Though that said I think a lot of NSW's rush to reopen is dangerous. Several of the construction sites in our city were shut down recently for blatant refusal to even pretend to toe the covid line. I am not sympathetic.

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    1. EC, and construction workers worked on for the last eighteen months, earning good money, while many sat at home worried about how to pay their rent and other bills.

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  2. I agree on not the brightest sparks when it comes to non-vaccinating and mask wearing.
    Good post.

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    1. Sandra, probably a world wide issue. Tossers!

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  3. "No one is going to force me to have something injected into my body if I don't know what's in it" said while puffing on smoke, downing a tinnie and chowing down on a snag roll. You just can't argue with stupid.
    That said, though, I fear that these workers have been infiltrated by those looking to cause as much trouble as possible. I wonder what would have happened if the police had left them to it and the media had stayed away.

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    1. Lol Caro. No doubt about the infiltration. You raise a good point. What if I didn't didn't know about it and didn't post about it? I think your argument is very strong. Ignore attention seeking behaviour.

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  4. Now look at what has happened, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake near Mansfield. Those tradies and their crazy behavior has angered the gods, and the response is a gentle shaking.
    Next these crazies will start blaming Premier Andrews for the earthquake!

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    1. Pippa, as I quote in tomorrow's post, Mother Earth is cross. Satirically, Andrews is already being blamed.

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  5. I just read of the earthquake - hope you and R are safe, Andrew.

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    1. All good Jenny. Thanks for your thought and concern.

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  6. And over in the UK they have idiot protesters gluing themselves to motorways to protest about house insulation; they want more.

    Just heard about your earthquake. I presume the High Rise is still standing!

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    1. I can't remember why Cro, but in the past here protesters have glued themselves down on roads here too.

      Built to are building regulation standards, our building rocked and swayed in the manner it is supposed to do.

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  7. Yes, but shutting down the whole construction sector smacks of keeping the whole class in.

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    1. It is exactly that MC, and I remember being punished for the actions of others at school. If it was a small percentage I would say it is terribly unfair. But is has not been a small percentage of construction workers who pretended there was no such thing as Covid.

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  8. The ones who get to me is...They take there info from social media platform and believe it gospel truth. Even where I live sometime I shake my head. I think the gods/goddess help us all.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. I know Dora, I know. They won't take notice of decent media outlets or scientific opinion, but listen to a Facebook mate.

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  9. I have been horrified at the sight of so many tramping through the streets and over West Bridge. I really just don't get it. Why do they prefer to be unsafe and spreading infection? Surely they don't ALL believe Covid is a hoax? I did hear one newsreader say or suggest that many of them were probably professional protesters who are paid to get out there and stir up trouble. I think the professional protesters should be rounded up and heavily fined or locked up.
    Remember the old saying: "the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the next best time is right now"
    Same with Covid: the best time to get vaccinated was months ago, the next best time is right now.

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    1. River, I think many are professional protestors, although not paid. Radicals perhaps. Personally I've been puzzled by some contacts' attitude to be vaccinated. The tree analogy is great.

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  10. The bastards have been at it again today. I wonder if their families are pleased with what they see. I’m not -
    Lol Pippa - the gods are angry…..so is every law abiding health conscious Victorian (plus Australians)

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    1. Cathy, I just don't get their mindset. I know tradies through family. There may be some reluctance but no stupidity as has been seen. There is no respect at all for the protesters as I can see.

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  11. Totally agree with you. Only think of themselves and stopping those who work in their industry who Re vaccinated from going to work.

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    1. Margaret, that is exactly what they have done, for their stupid fantasies.

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  12. I checked in on you yesterday. I was on my phone, so evidently, I did something wrong. But hope all is well at the high rise. I heard about the earthquake in the news.

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    1. Debby, I don't quite get what you mean by you doing something wrong. Never mind. All is good here. Thanks.

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    2. I am not especially adept with my smart phone.

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  13. I totally agree!

    How are you since the earthquake, Andrew? Let us know.

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    1. All fine Steve. Post tomorrow a I think 8pm your time.

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  14. I also don't side with conservative politicians. And if I am not sure about a certain issue, I wait for conservatives to take a position with all their racism, sexism and anti-working class and then the opposite view will be worth examining.

    But this weeks' union riots have been confusing because we don't know how many are legitimate union members and how many are simply anti-vaxxer thugs.

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    1. Hels, I so agree. It is quite confusing but at least the not much admired union boss Setka has made his views clear in a good way. Go pick fruit in Mildura.

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  15. Well said Andrew! Just watched Hard Quiz 😉

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  16. My friends boyfriend is a head guy at a big construction company and is big time anti vax. She has such arguements with him over it and his worsening ever more elaborate conspiracy theories. My brother is also in construction and finally finally got one vaccine, not sure he got the 2nd dose. That was at the ER, they talked him into a vaccine, when he had to take his wife there for severe Covid. Must be something about the trade, or those who go into it.

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