More than 1,000 South Australian hospitality workers at venues such as the Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Convention Centre, Coopers Stadium and Adelaide Entertainment Centre are ineligible for the Federal Government’s JobKeeper payment and now face a gravely uncertain future.
Labor is calling for the workers to be included in the eligibility criteria for the Federal Government’s payment, and if that does not happen, for the State Government to step in and ensure they are supported.
Adelaide Venue Management Corporation (AVMC) has advised its staff they are not eligible for the payments because the company is a government enterprise which reports to the Premier. A similar situation applies to the Adelaide Festival Centre.
The workers are not public sector workers receiving an ongoing wage, but nor are they private sector workers eligible for the JobKeeper payment.
The AVMC employs more than 1,000 people and is major employer in the tourism and hospitality industry, while the Festival Centre employs more than 300 people.
Quotes attributable to SA Labor Leader Peter Malinauskas
This is a distressing time for these South Australian workers who have lost their income but are not eligible for the JobKeeper payment.
When decisions of this nature are made with urgency, it is understandable that some people may fall through the gaps. But we cannot leave these people behind.
If the Federal Government won’t give these workers the JobKeeper payment, the State Government needs to come up with its own special payment or find a way to put these people to work so they can receive an ongoing income.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison
The people who work in some our State’s largest entertainment venues should not be caught in the middle of a bureaucratic argument.
This is a matter of urgency which must be addressed as soon as possible.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for the Arts Jayne Stinson
Our entertainment and arts workers were among the first to feel the pain of the coronavirus shut downs – and they’ll be the last to bounce back.
Like any other workers, they deserve support now so they can survive this crisis - and be part of our state’s economic recovery.