Workers walk off from Woolies over virus

More than 240 staff at a Woolworths warehouse in Victoria have walked off the job after a worker tested positive to coronavirus. 

The workers at the Laverton distribution centre took legal cease work action on Monday after a reported positive virus case on Friday night, the United Workers Union said in a statement. 

It is unclear when the workers will return to work at the centre, which provides alcohol to Dan Murphys and BWS stores.

Woolworths said in a statement the company did contract tracing and cleaned the warehouse in line with the Department of Health and Human Services recommendations after the worker tested positive on Friday.  

They had last worked at the warehouse on July 28.

“We’ve consulted the DHHS and will continue to follow its expert health advice. The DHHS hasn’t instructed us the site needs to close or directed team members to isolate,” the company said. 

“We don’t anticipate any material issues in our liquor supply to stores at this stage.”

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