Manitoba Federation of Labour calls for workers compensation coverage for workers exposed to COVID-19 on the job

Monday, March 23, 2020

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Statement by MFL President Kevin Rebeck about the need for workers exposed to COVID-19 on the job to be covered under Workers Compensation immediately:

With the growing number of cases of COVID-19 in our province, the Manitoba Federation of Labour has written to the Minister of Finance to highlight the urgent need to put a plan in place to ensure workers exposed to COVID-19 on the job are covered by workers compensation.

Even with many Manitobans in isolation or practicing self-distancing measures, we are all still relying on many workers to attend their jobs to provide health care services, operate grocery stores and pharmacies, deliver meals, transport essential goods, and maintain vital transit, infrastructure, community and emergency services, as well as other desperately needed services like child care and flying Canadians home from abroad.

Many are putting themselves at greater risk to exposure to COVID-19 to help us all. We owe it to them to provide presumptive workers compensation coverage for all Manitobans who contract COVID-19 during the course of their employment. 

This would provide some assurance that they can continue to provide for their families if they are required to self-quarantine or seek hospitalization. The time to act is now.

You can read the letter here

                                        

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