The mistake caused “unnecessary delays” in negotiations, the union said. “The defendant`s action is contrary to the obligation to do everything in his power to conclude a collective agreement.” I agree with the comment of “Consists”. Since important workers who do not isolate are on the same level as all those who isolate, it is a waste of money to bring people into the hubs. All it takes is an infected essential worker to distribute it to everyone on the plane. I`m surprised there aren`t more posts related to this. It makes no sense. Apparently, we were lucky, but it`s not going to last forever. Turning flights is the best solution, important workers in a day, the closest lifting workers. No missile science. It`s ridiculous that employees have to use their vacation time for the hub and then sit in a closed room with someone who hasn`t isolated themselves. It`s useless. This will not encourage employers to give their employees an extra 14 days off, and many people can work from the turnstile and then put them on a separate flight. I find it absurd that the government is asking people to take advantage of their vacation period to isolate themselves.
I am not in the Union, but I support the NEW one here. I think a lot of people don`t. I agree not to have a problem with self-isolation, but why, as a Nunavummiut, shouldn`t I trust myself by my government? Am I a second-class citizen? Do I have fewer rights than other Canadians? Or am I just an idiot and a totally irresponsible person? Dr. Paterson would have to explain that to me! Government policy during this pandemic has been a totally inconsistent series of improvisations, period. The only reason there are no cases here in Nunavut is that we have been lucky so far. The Hubs of the South are a show, and they know it. They have spent millions of dollars of taxpayers` money because they want to avoid shaming people who cannot play by the rules and who are not trustworthy. I think it is very presumptuous to consider ourselves irresponsible in Nunavut Inuit and Nunavummiut. In the face of this pandemic, who wants to catch this virus anyway and spread it to other people? I think you have to trust your own people to do what is necessary to avoid the hot zone of contamination and to protect yourself in public. No other Canadians were invited to be locked up at a hotel site with security personnel for 14 days. Not only does it violate our fundamental right as Canadians, Inuk or not, but it is frankly offensive to the people of Nunavut. As Canadians, we have the freedom of movement guaranteed under the Charter of Rights, and forcing ourselves to stay locked up for 14 days in a hotel room with guardians at the door is totally unacceptable and unsustainable, in accordance with Section 1 of the Charter of Rights.
Forcing people to self-employ during a pandemic would probably be acceptable and reasonable, but forcing you to go to a node under surveillance that is not section 1 of the Charter. I invite Nunavummiut to challenge Dr. Patterson`s actions in court. Let us launch a petition. Let us support the Union because it is right. It`s not just the employees of GN, but all those who are being abused here. I am very capable of isolating myself, and I do not need my government to tell me where to isolate myself. Since LARP employees are not allowed to work from outside the territory for two weeks, this is totally irrational. I have not heard a good argument for not allowing them to work from home or under the circumstances in the hubs. Is this ideology or pure obstinacy of the LARP leadership? First, they had made the employees work from home for weeks, when we did not have a single case in Nunavut. What`s the difference now? Is it because it is in Ottawa, Winnipeg or Edmonton? What`s the difference? Logic and rationality do not impose themselves at all. Second, it would be in the employer`s interest to allow its employees, during a quarantine period, to use the time to work rather than doing nothing.
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