From hot zone to cold: a union of Quebec requires a better control

De zone chaude à froide: un syndicat de Québec demande un meilleur contrôle

A hot zone in Montreal is it different from a hot zone to Quebec? This is the question posed by a union of the National Capital claiming that the same security rules are applied everywhere in the fight against sars coronavirus.

Workers of all regions have been called in reinforcement in residences for elderly, and the red regions of Montréal and Montérégie.

The rules of the public health to protect the COVID-19 require that these persons undergo testing, according to a specific protocol, when they return to their region of origin. But these rules do not apply when workers move from a hot area to a cold area in their own region.

“We ask our members to go out, to leave their regular job, to go to the general Hospital of Quebec, where there are 113 employees on the tile. It is a hot zone. Except that on Monday morning, they return to their cold zone, into the homes. But when we do it, and in addition it refuses to test the workers, there I have a problem,” says Nicole Cliche, president of the Union of professionnèles, technicians and technicians of the health and social services (SPTSSS).

This union of the National Capital account 5200 members from among sixty body of employment.

Call for help

Several of its members, including educators, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and rehabilitation therapists, have been called upon to intervene in the health system, including “to allow the orderlies to have a holiday,” says Ms. Cliche.

“The employer initiates calls to all, it is necessary to go to the end of the week because it is in the stripping. Our people go there. They want the elderly to eat and be changed. But I appeal to the employer for a week. I replied that it was the public health determines that those returning from Montreal are tested. In Quebec, it just says: “Wash you and change your clothes.””

“A hot zone, according to me, no matter the territory, remains a hot zone. Is it that the virus of Montreal is different than Quebec?”, questions Ms. Cliche.

The CIUSSS of the Capitale-Nationale, on a web page for its personnel, states that “if a movement of a hot zone to a cold zone is absolutely necessary […] the person must ensure, change clothes, take a shower before the next work shift, and monitor carefully for signs and symptoms for 14 days. During these 14 days, the port of the mask is necessary. In these situations, there is no harvest, nor of the period of isolation necessary.”


The SPTSSS calls for N95 masks and daily tests for a week for the employees of a residence where the occurrence of an outbreak.

It also requires daily tests for a week for employees moving from a hot area to a cold area.

“The ministerial orders give the chance to the employer to suspend the clauses of a collective agreement within a goal of providing the services the population is entitled to get. We can agree on the relations of work to minimize impacts. But not when it affects public health,” says Nicole Cliche.

This last is a concern that deficiencies in the protective measures could have a negative impact on the process that is currently underway in Quebec.

“We are in a mode of déconfinement. You want to remain in déconfinement. This summer, I want to go camping and I wish we could open the terraces.”


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