The Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union has filed a grievance because it says the government is not giving enforcement officers adequate personal protective equipment.
In the effort to curb COVID-19 cases, the government has tasked conservation officers, health inspectors, fire inspectors, workplace health and safety officers, among others, with enforcing public health orders such as the use of face masks in public places.
MGEU president Michelle Gawronsky says eight months into the pandemic, there should be no need for a grievance to demand proper PPE.
"As we saw last weekend at that rally in Steinbach, these workers are in close contact with others who are not wearing masks or socially distancing," she said in a statement.
"This can put those workers at risk of contracting the virus. If the government wants them to enforce these orders, they must provide them with the proper PPE to keep them safe."