Calls for free parking for essential workers

ABC News, 22 July 2021

The Health Services Union says essential workers are struggling to get to their jobs because of a lack of available or free parking in and around major Sydney hospitals.

Workers had also expressed concerns about changes to public transport timetables which has made travelling to and from work more difficult.

HSU Secretary Gerard Hayes is calling on the state government to make hospital parking across Sydney free for essential workers.

"People should not at this point in time be charged a tax, so they can actually do the right thing and stop the spread," he said.

The City of Sydney said it was providing special permits for essential workers to park at city-owned car parks including Goulburn St and Kings Cross and on-street designated parking areas.

But Mr Hayes said there was already too much parking pressure in the inner city, and that it was now up to the hospitals to allow for more free parking availability.

A spokesperson for Transport for NSW said they were running a dynamic timetable to limit the spread of the virus and would make timetable changes where needed.