There are few sanitary facilities on the construction sites run by the Ministry of Transport and the employees manage as best they can.
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For a year, the union has been collecting testimonies that it describes as damning and shocking.
“Our workers feel diminished,” he continued. The situation is even more problematic for women, who are more and more numerous on construction sites and who have different privacy issues, especially when they are menstruating.
"We even have managers, I don't know in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, but certainly in Quebec, who told their workers to go get a 'cup' to pee like men," said President.
The Ministry of Transport (MTQ) said it was stunned to learn of this situation. Verifications have been requested.
The union also alleges that the employees are not allowed to leave with a vehicle to go to a business to relieve themselves. A practice that is denied by the MTQ. “We are talking about essential needs, the government cannot ignore that, the government will make corrections if necessary,” said Gilles Payer, spokesman for the Ministry of Transport.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act stipulates that the employer must provide sanitary facilities for its personnel.