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.