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EFFAT Report Covid-19 outbreaks in slaughterhouses and meat processing plants

29 Sep 2020

It also describes the situation in various European countries in relation to the number of Covid-19 clusters that have emerged in meat processing plants since the beginning of the pandemic, and the work arrangements and business practices characterising the sector at national level. [...] These measures include, inter alia, the provision of information on the risks of the virus, temperature monitoring at the entrance to facilities, staggering working shifts to ensure social distancing, the use of protective equipment, changes to workstation design with the installation of Perspex or Plexiglas, alterations in the layout of common areas (canteen, locker rooms) to ensure social distan. [...] The system is the major driver of the continuous race to the bottom in terms of wages and working conditions How the subcontracting system functioned in Germany until 2015 From 2004 to 2015, the majority of subcontractors were companies based in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). [...] Despite the fact they perform their tasks in meat plants and are employed in slaughtering and processing activities, these workers are not covered by the two national collective agreements covering the Spanish meat sector: the collective bargaining agreement of the poultry and rabbit slaughtering industry and the national collective bargaining agreement of the meat industry – the latter serves as. [...] These conditions have of course contributed to the spread of the virus Because most of these temporary agencies are based in the Netherlands, Dutch statutory provisions and the Dutch collective agreements for the temporary agency sector apply for the (majority of) these workers.


Priya Klinkenberg

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