A thousand workers walk out of poultry factory over coronavirus safety fears

Up to a thousand workers at Moy Park in Northern Ireland have walked out over safety fears.
Unite put forward a series of proposals to secure health and safety protections at Moy Park, Seagoe, Portadown but these were rejected by the employer, prompting the spontaneous walkout.
 
Unite regional officer Sean McKeever said: ““Up to one thousand workers have walked out of the Seagoe Moy Park site in Portadown. This follows the failure of the biggest employer in Northern Ireland to provide basic health and safety protections to its workforce.
 
“Unite attempted to secure commitments to ensure a minimum two metre social distancing between workers and other measures to enable infection control in the face of the Coronavirus threat but our proposals were dismissed by management.
 
“Workers are refusing to return to work in unsafe conditions. This is an entirely foreseeable outcome of both management greed and total inaction from Stormont. 
 
“We need to see immediate movement from management to address the workers’ legitimate fears over Coronavirus transmission – there cannot be any two-tier approach to health and safety in workplaces. Food production workers will not be treated as second-class.”
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