A union representing thousands of health, hospitality, retail and grocery workers in B.C. says a majority of members feel unsafe at work.
UFCW 1518 says it sent out a survey to members on Monday asking several questions about health and safety and their experiences working through the pandemic.
The survey found that 61 per cent of nearly 2,000 polled members do not feel safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic, while 90 per cent feel unsafe some of the time.
The survey also found that 82 per cent of polled workers interact with unmasked members of the public every day as part of their jobs, and 95 per cent interact with an unmasked member of the public at least once per week.
UFCW says businesses that have not instituted mandatory mask policies for customers have requested a clear order from the provincial government before requiring customers to wear masks.
The union is calling on the provincial health office and the provincial government to issue an order requiring masks to be worn in retail and grocery stores.
Many survey-takers wanted to see better compliance from the businesses they work for and more effort from the government to keep them safe, according to the union.
The survey also revealed that most members (94 per cent) do not feel that they are being compensated fairly in exchange for the added risk they are taking on as front-line workers in the fight against COVID-19, and believe they should be receiving pandemic pay.
UFCW Local 1518 represents more than 25,000 members working in the community health, hospitality, retail, grocery, industrial and professional sectors across B.C.
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