- Even if their masks are safer, workers at Canada Post risk being sent home if they wear masks that aren’t issued by the company.
Workers at Canada Post risk being sent home from work if they wear masks that aren’t issued by the company, even if their masks are safer.
Employees who brought their own N95 masks to work are being told that they must switch to the company-issued fabric masks or risk have been sent home.
In an emailed assertion, a spokesperson for Canada Post stated, “The mask requirements, like our vaccine requirement, are mandatory and also necessary under direction from the (Employment as well as Social Development Canada [ESDC]).” “As a result, everyone at work must comply.”
“We have extra masks and disposable medical masks on hand if they don’t have the masks we’ve provided.” If an employee refuses to comply, they will be asked to leave the company.”
The Public Health Agency of Canada claims to support the use of cloth masks, according to Canada Post, and also the company follows ESDC directives requiring employees to wear company-supplied masks to ensure their quality.
“The company fully supports these rules and requires all workers to wear a face-covering provided by Canada Post, which is whether a reusable cloth face covering or a disposable medical mask,” Canada Post stated.
“Canada Post will continue to monitor best practices and recommendations for face coverings and will update our requirements as necessary.”
Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) National President Jan Simpson stated the union is “concerned” that Canada Post is unwilling to allow its members to wear an N95 face mask in an emailed statement to CTVNews.ca.
He said in the statement that “research on the new Omicron variant has established that it is more transmissible through shared air than earlier variants.”
“The union has requested that Canada Post provide N95 face mask or suitable alternatives to all postal workers, or at the very least, permit those who have purchased their own N95 or KN95 masks to use them.”
As COVID-19 spreads rapidly, Canada Post Corporation must do everything possible to protect postal workers, who continue to assist people in staying at home and safe.”
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