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Unifor demands PPE for workers in community care

Unifor has been demanding better protection for all frontline workers, for the last 9 weeks, says the company

May 13, 2020  by CM Staff

TORONTO – Unifor has written to Premier Doug Ford on May 13 demanding that all Community and Home Care facilities be included in provincial directives to so that all workers will be provided proper Personal Protective Equipment to avoid further deaths.

The announcement follows the death of Unifor member and PSW, Leonard Rodriques at Access Independent Living Services.

“The death of Leonard Rodriques along with COVID-19 outbreaks in several community care settings exposes the reality that there is an urgent need to protect those providing care,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor national president in a prepared statement. “While we continue to demand an investigation into his preventable death, we are also sounding the alarm that that immediate steps must be taken.”

According to a company statement, Unifor has been demanding better protection for all frontline workers, for the last 9 weeks.

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“Health and safety measures adopted across these various community settings have been piece meal and inadequate,” said Naureen Rizvi, Ontario Regional Director. “There needs to be accountability failing to protect workers and residents.”


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