Sheraton Melbourne Hotel staff miss out on JobKeeper as eligibility goal posts shift

Employees at Sheraton Hotel Melbourne have had their JobKeeper payments cancelled following amendments to the eligibility criteria.

The federal government has locked out employers that are “sovereign entities” or wholly owned by a different government from the JobKeeper scheme.

Yahoo Finance reported that around 60 staff at Sheraton Hotel Melbourne has received the $1500 a fortnight JobKeeper payments from the start of April, but have now been advised they are no longer eligible as the hotel is owned by a subsidiary of Qatar Airways, which is in turn wholly owned by the state of Qatar.

Speaking to Yahoo Finance, an employee said the “news really hurt”.

“We are all born and raised Aussies doing the right thing and now life is about to get a whole lot tougher,” the staff member said.