"Airport workers stood down" - The Mercury

THIRTY-eight Tasmanian airport workers have been stood down due to mainland lockdowns but they will not get federal government support like those in Sydney.

Ten workers at Launceston Airport and 28 at Hobart have been stood down by Swissport, which contracts land and tarmac crew to airlines including Qantas and Jetstar.

Swissport has reported Tasmanian airport business is down 60 per cent due to the latest Sydney and Victorian lockdowns.

Lyons MP Brian Mitchell has slammed the lack of federal government support for the Tasmanian airport workers after speaking with them and aviation industry representatives on Friday.

“Tasmanian workers are being stood down without pay due to mainland lockdowns, but unlike workers across Sydney there is no federal government assistance,” Mr Mitchell said.

“They are left behind and on their own.” Mr Mitchell called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to do the right thing by workers and bring back JobKeeper.

“It is clear that we need a JobKeeper-style payment extended to all workers and businesses that continue to be affected by the pandemic,” Mr Mitchell said.

“Labor told the Morrison government it ended JobKeeper far too early and now Tasmanian workers are paying the price. “I’ve got a really simple request of Scott Morrison – bring back JobKeeper.

“Workers can’t pay the bills if money isn’t coming in.”