National Defence union worried over RMC’s continued operations amid coronavirus pandemic

The president of the National Defence union says Royal Military College (RMC) employees are worried about the college’s continued operations in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Although the college is closed to visitors, classes continue to run, and according to video and photos obtained by Global News, cadets have been continuing to eat together in the mess hall, despite national directives for social distancing.

The individual who sent footage did not want to be identified out of fear for their employment and said sometimes gatherings at the school could reach up to 1,300 people at a time, even after the COVID-19 pandemic was announced. National Defence said that is incorrect, since there are only about 1,000 officer cadets currently attending the school.

June Winger, national president for the Union of National Defence Employees, says the union has been hearing from employees at RMC concerned about their own well-being, and the health of the cadets.

“Our members are very scared, to be quite frank. Our members are very scared,” Winger said in an interview with Global News Thursday.

“They’re feeling that their health is being jeopardized to complete their work, and they’re not sure that the work that they’re being asked to do is even required at this time.”

Winger said the union has been working with the deputy minister of national defence, Jody Thomas, to try to address the issue.

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