Green Party NI leader Clare Bailey MLA has supported calls for factories and food processing plants to implement Covid-19 testing for workers.
Clare Bailey MLA said:
“I support the call for Covid-19 tests for workers in factories and food processing plants.
“These businesses often employ large numbers of people on factory floors and we know that several food processing plants struggled to implement basic social distancing at the start of this pandemic.
“Workers were forced to stage walk outs to secure safe working conditions and protect themselves.”
“The recent death of a factory worker is a tragic occurrence and I offer my condolences to her family and friends.
“Businesses must do everything they can to reduce Covid-19 infection rates amongst workers and the potential for more deaths.
“If that means testing workers, then testing should be implemented as a matter of urgency.
“If factory management can’t live up to their responsibilities to their workers at this time, then the Health and Safety Executive must step in and take action.”