Teachers’ union protest ‘unsafe working conditions’ at Brampton school
Published April 21, 2021 at 12:22 pm
Unionized high school teachers are protesting at a Brampton school to support a colleague who has refused to work because of COVID-19.
The teacher is taking the action at Parkholme Secondary School on Chinguacousy Rd. because of what the union says are unsafe working conditions.
While schools are largely closed across Ontario, teachers leading classes for students in special education are still required to conduct in-person learning at several locations.
The union, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation District 19 (OSSTF), have been fighting against in-person learning which started up again yesterday following the spring break.
A member of the OSSTF said labour laws allow people to refuse work if they believe the conditions are unsafe.
“What can be more unsafe than this?” said the teacher who asked not to be identified. “COVID is spreading in our community, yet the parking lot is full of cars. It is almost like it is business as usual.”
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