Union “deeply troubled” by lack of COVID-19 protection in meat factory

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“It was a difficult decision for our team, but our values ​​guide our actions,” said Jon Nash, North American manager of Cargill Protein, on Monday.

Nash said Cargill is providing temporary salary increases and bonuses to employees. It also implements temperature tests, improved cleaning and a visit ban.

He added that Cargill also adopts social distancing practices where possible and offers staggered breaks and shift flexibility.

“Our employees work hard to keep food on the tables in local communities,” said Nash. “Although this site operates at reduced capacity and we are adapting to operations during a pandemic, our work does not stop. “

UFCW 401 said on its Facebook page that there were 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a single Alberta food processing plant, but did not say which one.

Hesse said in his letter to Cargill that there were reports of 30 deaths from the new coronavirus among UFCW members in North America.

“Your employees are afraid. It’s time to act. It’s time to protect life. “

– By Lauren Krugel in Calgary

This Canadian Press report was first published on April 13, 2020

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