Frontline health workers battling coronavirus went unpaid for up to SIX WEEKS just before Melbourne’s outbreakHundreds of frontline workers were left unpaid for six weeks in Melbourne The pay of casual health workers were affected by a long running pay roll error Department of Health arranged for offline payments be made for affected staff

Frontline health workers battling coronavirus were in tears after they went unpaid for up to six weeks before Melbourne’s outbreak. 

Hundreds of Department of Health casuals were without pay due to a payroll error that went unnoticed until close to Victoria’s third lockdown. 

The department was made aware of the long-running problem by concerned senior public health workers who saw stressed workers struggling to make ends meet.  

Hundreds of frontline health workers were left unpaid for up to six weeks due to a pay roll error (pictured: AAP of health worker testing people for Covid-19) 

‘How are workers supposed to concentrate when they’re broke?’ one source told the Herald Sun.

The workers affected were those hired to manage Victoria’s border permit system but the contract tracing team was paid on time. 

The Victorian Government said the 204 employees managed the border permit exemptions and NSW and QLD border closures, meant a high volume of recruitment training and payroll processes were needed. 

But sources said many workers were in tears, as the problem continued for more than a month without a resolution. 

Victorian Government said the 204 employees hired to manage the border meant a high volume of payroll processes were needed (pictured: AAP of health worker testing people for Covid-19)

‘If a big chunk of the war machine against Covid is flat broke, that’s going to have an effect,’ one source said.  

A government spokesperson said when the Department of Health became aware of the problem, it arranged for ‘offline payments to be made to the majority of staff’. 

‘They are also working with employees to resolve any documentation issues that may be inhibiting outstanding payments,’ the spokesperson said.

‘This has in no way impacted the Victorian government’s response to the pandemic – the issue did not extend to our hardworking contact tracing team, who continue to meet all national benchmarks.’  

Those hired to manage Victoria’s border permit system were left unpaid for weeks, while workers in the contract tracing seem were exempt from the problem (pictured: AAP of health worker testing people for Covid-19)

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