PSA: Stephen McNeil has refused to work with the federal government to grant all workers access to paid sick leave. Now is the time to let the province know that we can’t fight COVID-19 without guaranteeing each worker in the province access to ten paid sick days a year.

Danny Cavanagh, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, calls for an end to unpaid sick leave. “Daycare workers, food handlers in restaurants and food supply stores, no matter what your occupation, working sick is not working for Nova Scotia,” he writes.

“We need to think outside of the box and stop thinking that of making it sound like taking sick days is something bad. Let’s look at the real cost. Many employers can legally require their employees to provide a sick note, which doctors complain clogs up clinics with sick patients who could have otherwise just recovered at home.”