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Greencore hit with union grievance over Covid-19


Greencore's Patrick Coveney

Greencore's Patrick Coveney

Greencore's Patrick Coveney

Greencore, an Irish food producer headed by Patrick Coveney, has been issued with a formal grievance by a union which claimed it failed to tell staff after a manager tested positive for Covid-19.

The grievance was issued at the beginning of May by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers' Union (BFAWU), representing staff at Greencore's facility in Northampton, England. It followed a manager receiving a positive test for Covid-19 on May 1.

It is understood that management told the person to self-isolate and carried out contact-tracing. Any identified staff were told to self-isolate as a precaution and to register for a Covid-19 test.

In a text message sent to the union, staff claimed the manager had close contact with production workers. It said HR had "failed to notify" production staff who had contact with the manager.

In response, Steve Neale, site director at Greencore's Northampton facility, said the health and safety of his colleagues is the most important consideration. "We have implemented rigorous social distancing measures across all of our facilities in order to protect our colleagues as effectively as possible.

"All of the correct policies and protocols, as dictated by Public Health England, were fully implemented when a colleague recently tested positive for Covid-19 in our Northampton facility."

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