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Self-isolation exemption prompts work refusal at Irving Shipyard

CNR Fan, 29 October 2020.

In accordance with CBC News, dozens of workers at the Irving Halifax Shipyard refused work this week after a contractor from Quebec came in last week and did not self-isolate.

Linda MacNeil, Atlantic regional director for UNIFOR, the union representing workers at Irving, blames Irving: "The issue that we see as a union is there was a total lack of communication with the workers, with our members. If they had been more forthcoming and showing that there had been safety protocols being in place, there may have been a different outcome here," she said.

JD Irving spokesperson Mary Keith said the company will respond after it reads and reviews the Labour Department report, expected Wednesday.


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