At least 20 U.S. meat-processing workers died and nearly 5,000 have been infected with the coronavirus, since the beginning of the epidemic when, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report released Friday by the Center for Disease Control to provide the fullest and most official pictures of the damage COVID-19 the primarily immigrant and minority workforce in the meat and poultry processing plants, which has been primarily some of the most serious outbreaks in the country.
The Agency found that 4,913 confirmed cases between about 130 000 workers, the use of a 3% infection rates. Data from 115 plants located in 19 countries, from April 9 th through the 27. The CDC said that in many countries the plant did not submit data, indicating that the original number of cases is certainly higher.
The figures released by the CDC reflect a similar data released earlier this week by the Joint Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents most of the beef and pork the staff and a majority of those poultry. The UFCW says it is estimated that at least 20 people dead in Union and nonunion facilities.
CDC researchers write that one of the main problems of interior plants is the achievement of social alienation. Workers of the basic position of the factory line, processing chicken, beef and pork pace, many it is difficult to keep up.
The CDC also said that some companies have created policies that encourage workers even if they are sick by putting a bonus to attend the meeting. As the Huffington Post reported in January that Sanderson Farms, the third largest poultry producer, to provide employees $ 1 per hour bonus, but only if their attendance is perfect.
Another problem, the internal plant communication. Many workers are immigrants and refugees with limited grasp of English, and some plants, including many different languages of the workforce―including 40 in a single facility. Many workers do not get the security of information in their native language, disease prevention and Control Center found.
The Agency concluded that workers in the meat and poultry industry is at special risk in the pandemic and called for”swift action to reduce the risk of workers, the Protection facilities function, and maintenance of the food supply.”
The rash broke out, forcing major producers like Smithfield, Tyson and JBS temporarily closed some factories, leading to problems, the meat may become scarce in the grocery store shelves.
Earlier this week the ACE administration issued an Executive order designed to keep the plant open, despite the risks. Trade unions and the workers ‘ group slammed as reckless, because it does not include the new security measures.
The JBS plant in Greeley, Colorado, has the most deadly outbreaks in the United States UFCW Local 7, which represents workers there, said in a statement Thursday that six of its members work in facilities that have died so far.
Kim Cordova, the Union’s President, said that it shares the JBS goal is to keep the plant running,”But it must be done in a way that protects workers, so no one has died.”
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