Construction workers stop Melbourne street

Construction workers have blocked a road in Melbourne’s CBD in what appears to be a protest against the state government’s coronavirus restrictions for the industry. 

© Dan Himbrechts/AAP PHOTOS 13 per cent of Victoria’s active COVID-19 cases have been linked to construction sites.

Dozens of workers sat on plastic chairs in the middle of Lonsdale Street on Friday morning for a smoke break, forcing the cancellation of trams on nearby Spencer Street. 

Similar protests have also occurred in Kew, Parkville and Richmond. 

It comes after the Victorian government imposed tough restrictions on the industry, given 13 per cent of the state’s active COVID-19 cases have been linked to construction sites. 

All construction workers will be required to show evidence to their employer that they’ve had a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, by 11.59pm on September 23.

Limited medical exemptions and proof-of-booking exceptions will apply, in keeping with the vaccine mandate for aged care workers.

In further changes from 11.59pm this Friday, construction site workers are banned from crossing the metro-regional boundary for work, tea rooms must shut, and food and drink can no longer be consumed indoors.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the decision was backed by health advice and designed to keep the construction industry open at its 25 per cent workforce cap.

“If they want to work and be part of that 25 per cent, they need to be vaccinated with one dose by midnight next Thursday night,” he told reporters on Thursday. 

“If they’re not, they won’t be able to come on site. That’s keeping them open. The other thing would be to close them down to zero.”

The industry was earlier this week warned it risked losing its authorised worker status amid the launch of an enforcement and vaccination blitz.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Tyreek Hill set to play at Washington

© Provided by NBC Sports Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is good to go today in Washington. Hill, listed as questionable with a quadriceps injury, will play today, according to ... Read more »

Your MacBook webcam looks lousy in Zoom meetings. Try these tricks to fix it

Apple released two generations of MacBook Air during the ongoing global pandemic, first in March 2020 and again in November, and more could be on the way (may be for Apple’s October event ... Read more »

Marjorie Taylor Greene and Steven Bannon debate 'national divorce' between Democrat and Republican states

© Getty Images Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (L) and Steve Bannon (R). Getty Images Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene posted a Twitter poll about a possible “divorce” between blue and red ... Read more »

US coronavirus: The Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine offers good protection now. A booster shot will maximize that, experts say

As more Covid-19 boosters are potentially set to become available, experts say those who received the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine are “awfully well protected,” but should still get another ... Read more »

These $90 Cashmere Sweatpants Will Keep You Warm All Winter Long

Now that fall is in full swing, it’s time to trade in your bike shorts and summer loungewear for your favorite pair of sweats. Cashmere sweatpants may seem a bit ... Read more »

Kashmir violence raises fears of return to bloody sectarian past

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Paramilitary soldiers stand guard during a gunfight between suspected rebels and Indian security forces in November 2020. (AP pic) SRINAGAR: When Supinder Kaur, a ... Read more »

Why You Should Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them And It's Not Just Because Of Covid-19

Subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest stories and updates. There may be many reasons why some of us choose not to wash our new clothes before wearing them: shrinking, colour ... Read more »

Roche family shareholders will maintain stability - vice chairman

© Reuters/Michael Buholzer FILE PHOTO: Logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is pictured in Rotkreuz ZURICH (Reuters) – The head of Roche’s controlling group of shareholders is “very confident” stability ... Read more »

Mission Shakti by JK Police to provide one-month self-defence training for girls

Mission Shakti by JK Police to provide one-month self-defence training for girls A one-month-long self-defence training programme called ‘Mission Shakti’ has been organised by the Jammu and Kashmir police for ... Read more »

Gove the gardener: Are plans for a Tulip tower in London set to bloom again?

© Provided by City AM Tulip fever is heading to London, with housing secretary Michael Gove tipped to overule London mayor Sadiq Khan’s decision to squash plans for a flower-inspired ... Read more »

Aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia inaugurates Delhi-Tirupati SpiceJet flight services

Aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia inaugurates Delhi-Tirupati SpiceJet flight services Union Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday inaugurated the SpiceJet flight services between Delhi and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. “It will ... Read more »

Kobe Paras scores 18 but Levanga Hokkaido completes comeback vs Niigata

Photo: B.LEAGUE Levanga Hokkaido pulled off a come-from-behind win over Kobe Paras and the Niigata Albirex BB, 72-69, in the Japan Professional Basketball League (B.League). Paras scored 18 points on ... Read more »

DNA Explainer: Difference between IMD's Red, Orange and Yellow alerts

© Provided by DNA Heavy rains have taken over different parts of the country in the past few days, most notably the southern part of India. A Red Alert has ... Read more »

De Gascun: Covid-19 cases 'will increase as restrictions ease', but vaccines are effective

© Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie Dr Cillian De Gascun COVID-19 CASE numbers are likely to increase as restrictions ease, but this does not mean the vaccines are not effective, Dr ... Read more »

No Covid-19 death this month except for 2 and 10 Oct

© Provided by The Statesman No Covid-19 death this month except for 2 and 10 Oct There was no Covid-19-caused death in the city on Saturday like all other days ... Read more »

At MGR Memorial, Sasikala Unveils Plaque Naming Her AIADMK Gen Secy. Kingmaker Eyeing Queen's Crown?

© Provided by News18 At MGR Memorial, Sasikala Unveils Plaque Naming Her AIADMK Gen Secy. Kingmaker Eyeing Queen’s Crown? A stone plaque unveiled by AIADMK’s outlying contender VK Sasikala identifies ... Read more »

NEET 2021 answer key challenge portal closes today

The NEET 2021 answer key challenge submission window will close today, October 17 at 9 pm. Candidates can challenge the official answer key of NEET which has been released by ... Read more »

Forget Jota: Celtic's "orchestra conductor" who made 2 key passes stole show vs 'Well - opinion

© Provided by Football FanCast Rogic With Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side heading into Saturday’s Scottish Premiership clash on the back of securing their first away win of the season last ... Read more »

Inside Petra Ecclestone's £170million Chelsea mansion

© Instagram petra.PNG Petra Ecclestone and her fiance Sam Palmer are selling their spectacular £170 million Chelsea mansion. The couple are selling their home “off-market” and posted a 10-minute video ... Read more »

Two teenage boys arrested over homophobic comments during Man City's clash with Burnley

Two teenage boys have been arrested over alleged homophobic comments made during Manchester City ‘s clash with Burnley on Saturday, authorities have confirmed. Greater Manchester Police said the arrests were ... Read more »

Der Finnen-Wechsel bei Alfa-Sauber: Kimi heute 42, Bottas neu geboren

© Getty Images Kimi heute 42, Bottas neu geboren Valtteri Bottas (32) ist nach JJ Lehto, Mika Salo und Geburtstagskind Kimi Räikkönen (42) bereits der vierte Finne, der sich in ... Read more »

GFH to buy 100% of Khaleeji Commercial Bank to boost its portfolio

© Provided by The National GFH increased its shareholding in KHCB this year to more than 69 per cent after it bought shares from Dubai-based Shuaa Capital and the Goldilocks ... Read more »

A restaurant owner is paying his teen workers to do their homework before their shifts, in an attempt to retain them during the labor shortage

© Westend61/Getty Images Hospitality businesses have been hit hard by the labor shortage. Westend61/Getty Images An Arkansas restaurant owner is paying his young teen workers to do their homework, KARK ... Read more »

Look: Sheikh Zayed mosque's reflective pools dazzle in new cultural series

© Provided by Khaleej Times Look: Sheikh Zayed mosque’s reflective pools dazzle in new cultural series The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre’s latest cultural series ‘Art and Architecture’ highlight the ... Read more »

Dubai: World's biggest technology show Gitex Global kicks off

© Provided by Khaleej Times Dubai: World’s biggest technology show Gitex Global kicks off Gitex Global, the world’s biggest technology show this year, kicks off in Dubai today (October 17). ... Read more »

The week in theatre: Maryland; The Tragedy of Macbeth; White Noise

I have spent a lot of the past 20 years walking through London alone at night. I need to do so to write this column, and I don’t intend to ... Read more »

Two suspects charged after being found in possession of rail equipment

© Provided by Eyewitness News CAPE TOWN – Two suspects are scheduled to appear in the Goodwood Magistrates’ Court in Cape Town next week after they were found in possession ... Read more »

Taxi violence erupts in JHB CBD leaving several minibus taxis torched

© Provided by 702 Several minibus taxis were set alight in what is believed to be a rivalry between two taxi associations on Saturday morning. The intersection between Commissioner and ... Read more »

Alan Hawkshaw, composer of Grange Hill and Countdown theme tunes, dies aged 84

Alan Hawkshaw, who composed the theme tunes of iconic TV shows Grange Hill and Countdown, has died aged 84. In a statement, talent agency DNA Music Ltd said Hawkshaw died ... Read more »

Govt yet to decide on 12 names reiterated by SC collegium for appointment as judges

The government is yet to decide on 12 names reiterated by the Supreme Court collegium between March and September this year for appointment as judges in four high courts, sources ... Read more »

Kerala floods: Army, Navy, Air Force roped in for rescue, relief ops

The Army, Navy and Air Force have been mobilised to carry out flood relief operations in Kerala on Sunday as unprecedented rains resulted in heavy flow of water in various ... Read more »

Nationals seek further climate plan detail

The Nationals have asked for more details on a plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, following a passionate four-hour meeting in Canberra. © Mick Tsikas/AAP PHOTOS Barnaby Joyce ... Read more »

Social media exposes police brutality, but doesn't always lead to actual change, advocates say

The video begins and within the first seconds, a person shouts: “Why are you putting your hands on him? Stop!” “He didn’t do anything,” shout multiple people. More bystanders begin ... Read more »

Czech regulator examines energy sector supplies amid market crunch

© Reuters/David W Cerny FILE PHOTO: Electricity pylons carry power from CEZ’s Ledvice coal-fired power plant near the village of Ledvice PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech Republic’s energy regulator will ... Read more »

Forget Firmino: “Phenomenal” Liverpool ace who made 2 key passes was on fire yesterday - opinion

© Provided by Football FanCast mo salah Liverpool managed to keep their unbeaten streak in the Premier League going in some style with a 5-0 demolition of Watford at Vicarage ... Read more »

Two Facebook whistleblowers have publicly attacked the company this year. Here's how their claims overlap.

© Provided by Business Insider Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Two Facebook whistleblowers, Sophie Zhang and Frances Haugen, have publicly criticised the company in 2021. Zhang told Insider ... Read more »

'But Jose was the bad guy', 'Fraud' - Lots of Spurs fans fume as shocking Nuno news emerges

© Provided by This is Futbol santo Many Spurs fans have taken to Twitter to react to a pre-match stat ahead of their Premier League game against Newcastle United on ... Read more »

Stoke manager Michael O'Neill not afraid to point finger after Sheffield United defeat

© Provided by Football League World Championship – Stoke City v Coventry City Stoke City fell to a 2-1 defeat away to Sheffield United on Saturday leaving manager Michael O’Neill ... Read more »

Neville pinpoints why Chelsea can beat City and Liverpool to PL title

© PA Images Mendy applauds fans Gary Neville believes the dogged resilience of Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side could see them pip Manchester City and Liverpool to the Premier League title. ... Read more »

Lelaki bersenjata parang mengamuk tengah jalan

© Provided by Sinar Harian TEMERLOH – Pengguna jalan lama Temerloh-Maran berhampiran Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah (Hoshas) berdepan detik cemas apabila seorang lelaki bersenjatakan parang mengamuk di tengah jalan ... Read more »