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Ford says inspectors refused to enter long-term-care homes
Ford said yesterday that some long-term-care inspectors represented by OPSEU refused to work at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ford was responding to allegations that the province has been too lax in enforcing LTC rules and to reports that some inspections have been conducted by phone during the pandemic. “I’ve been taking bullets every day up here for the union,” Ford said, thanking OPSEU president Warren “Smokey” Thomas for getting his members back to work. (The government acknowledged that, under labour laws, inspectors have the right to refuse work they feel is unsafe.) Thomas released a statement in response, saying, “We never told our members not to go into long-term homes. There was not one work refusal. Managers gave direction not to enter the long-term-care homes.”
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