Moy Park – workers dispute over security fears
UK meat processor Moy Park has seen staff at one in every of its vegetation stage a walkout over Covid-19 security fears.
The Northern Eire-based firm, owned by US poultry big Pilgrim’s Pleasure, stated 100 staff downed instruments to stage a 15-minute walkout at its Seagoe, Portadown, plant yesterday (25 March), though commerce union Unite claimed the determine was nearer to 1,000.
The union stated the protest involved what staff noticed as a scarcity of measures to fight the unfold of coronavirus.
Unite regional organiser Sean McKeever stated the walkout “follows the failure of the largest employer in Northern Eire to supply primary well being and security protections to its workforce”.
He added: “Unite tried to safe commitments to make sure a minimal two metre social distancing between staff and different measures to allow an infection management within the face of the coronavirus risk however our proposals have been dismissed by administration.”
McKeever known as on Moy Park administration to handle the employees’ fears.
“Meals manufacturing staff is not going to be handled as second-class,” he stated.
In an announcement despatched to just-food. a spokesperson for Moy Park stated: “The well being and wellbeing of our workforce is our most essential consideration and we now have put new, strong measures in place to maintain them secure.
“We have now totally reviewed our websites and proceed to tackle board suggestions from our workforce members. We had already recognized seven areas to boost social distancing. These measures embody staggering breaks, re-spacing workstations and communal areas, in addition to putting in screens on acceptable manufacturing traces.
“We additionally proceed to make provisions for individuals who can make money working from home to take action utilizing distant expertise in addition to elevated cleansing and the provision of private protecting gear (PPE). We’re frequently reviewing the state of affairs and taking extra steps the place crucial.”
Final week, Moy Park stated it was trying to herald tons of of momentary staff following a marked improve in grocery retail demand for poultry produce because of Covid-19.