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Transit union president renews calls for mask enforcement after three drivers refuse to work

Ken Wilson says the city and transit management aren't doing enough to ensure protocols are being enforced
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Inside a Halifax Transit bus (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

The head of the union representing Halifax Transit workers is renewing calls for stronger enforcement of the mandatory mask rule on buses.

This comes after three drivers refused to work due to safety concerns over passengers refusing to wear masks.

On Tuesday, the province's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang, said people need to stop making excuses and wear masks, if they do not have a valid medical excuse.

Ken Wilson, the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 508, told NEWS 95.7's The Rick Howe Show the city and transit management aren't doing enough to ensure protocols are being enforced.

"Listening to the public and reading comments online, it seems like a lot of the public would like to see enforcement on this along with the transit workers," said Wilson. "I think it's another example of transit management and maybe even HRM out of touch with what their passengers and their staff wants."

Wilson says they've been on the frontlines of the pandemic since March, adding it's tiring and exhausting to not have safety measures enforced when they should be.

In July, masks became mandatory on transit services, but there are currently no fines or penalties in place for passengers who do not comply.


Chris Halef

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Chris is a reporter for HalifaxToday.ca and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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