The middle class unions are demanding the low hanging fruit of 10 days sick pay, which is fine and dandy if you are with a Union or employed, it means jack shit if you are the almost 20% of NZ who are self employed.
For contractors, if you don’t work you don’t get paid.
The Government have put in place a Covid sickness programme but again that is focused on employees and their employers.
Wouldn’t a better solution be 10 sick days PLUS ACC pays any contractor sick leave for an equal amount of time until a vaccine is available and creates herd immunity?
That way workers AND contractors would have necessary safety valves to use if there are outbreaks between now and the end of 2022 when it is expected to have widespread herd immunity?
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