Unifor April 20
The continued resistance by the Horgan government to legislate paid sick days represents a serious gap in the province’s strategy to stop the spread of the coronavirus, says Unifor.
“The B.C. government must pull out all the stops to protect public health. Employer-paid sick days is a key policy tool to let workers stay home if they’re sick,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “We need bold leadership in Victoria who is willing to stand up to a handful of business lobbyists in the name of public health.”
B.C. employment standards only provide for three unpaid sick days. Nearly two-thirds of British Columbians do not have paid sick day benefits. Among low-paid workers, that figure rises even higher. More women than men don’t have paid sick leave.