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LETTER: Forget danger pay, be grateful to have a job

Retired firefighter critical of lab worker’s call for COVID-related top up

Dear Editor,

I just read Jacqueline Benedicks letter about the government betraying her [RE: Lab team deserves hazard pay, too, May 28, The News].

She works for a private company, LifeLabs that charges the B.C. health government for lab work, and [she] feels the federal or provincal government should pay her danger pay.

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Where is LifeLabs responsiblities as her employer.

Save-On-Foods paid its employees danger pay.

As a retired firefighter, who worked through SARS and HINI, who went to work – with a wife and two young children at home – along with firefighters, police, and paramedics who excepted the challenge and no danger pay.

Maybe she should consider herself lucky to have a job. So many others don’t.

Robert McKee, Pitt Meadows

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