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10 August 2020
“It’s a slap in the face”
Government of Nunavut employees who opt to travel south this summer say they’re being forced to use personal vacation time while in mandatory COVID-19 self-isolation.
As per the GN’s requirements, anyone who plans to re-enter the territory must first complete a 14-day quarantine period before they can return north.
But employees say that policy is unfair, and that workers should not have to jeopardize their income and personal time during a global health crisis.
The issue became apparent “almost immediately” once the GN put in place restrictions on travel to and from the territory in late March, said Bill Fennell, president of the Nunavut Employees Union, which represents 4,800 government employees.
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