B.C. health-care workers must wear mask or have flu shot
B.C. arbitrator upholds provincial government policy

CBC News Posted: Oct 24, 2013 8:45 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 24, 2013 5:32 PM PT

A B.C. policy requiring health-care workers to get a flu shot or wear a mask while caring for patients during flu season has been upheld.

Arbitrator Robert Diebolt dismissed the grievance brought by the B.C. Health Sciences Association, which represents about 16,000 health-care workers, against the government.

The disputed policy requires health-care workers to be vaccinated against flu each year, or to wear masks while caring for patients during flu season.

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The ruling from the arbitrator says the policy is a valid exercise of the employer's management rights.

Val Avery, the president of the Health Sciences Association, says they will be advising their members to comply with the policy...

?We will be telling our members to comply with the new policy, or risk being fired,? said Avery in a statement issued on Thursday morning.