March 25, 2020
Companies must ensure essential workers’ safety – O’Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has called on all employers who still have essential workers on site to ensure physical distancing measures are in place to protect staff from the spread of COVID-19. 

Speaking after workers staged a walk-out in the Craigavon area, the Upper Bann MLA said: 

“In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all non-essential businesses and workplaces should be shut. 

“Where essential services need to remain open, the safety of workers and their families is paramount. 

“Owners and management of those essential service companies who still have staff on production lines need to acknowledge the dangers of COVID-19.

“They need to act responsibly by ensuring physical distance measures are in place and that steps are taken to protect these essential workers. 

“Statutory bodies with responsibility for health and safety need to take action to make sure those businesses which remain open are not placing any of their workers or their families at risk.” 

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