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MetiNews.Com - The handling of the covid crisis has been slammed as "disastrous" by staff who say the council did not communicate safety risks properly.
Breaking News ! Six workers at a Paisley recycling plant have contracted Covid-19 as staff blast the“disastrous” handling of the crisis by their bosses. It’s been revealed two employees had fallen ill at the Underwood Road depot last month before 17 workers were told to self-isolate for 14 days. A further four - who were close contacts of the first two cases - have also now been diagnosed with the deadly virus. All six members of staff work in the same office, which has since been closed. Now the GMB union, which believes the virus spread in the workplace, has raised a formal grievance with Renfrewshire Council over its apparent failure to communicate with staff over health and safety risks at the depot. Read More Related Articles Renfrewshire charity ploughs £30k into community to help families during pandemic Read More Related Articles Renfrewshire Council still trying to retrieve more than £7million of overpaid housing benefit But the local authority says letters to notify staff that trace and protect experts had assessed the workplace were issued within two days. Kirsten Muat, organising assistant for GMB in Renfrewshire, told the Express that staff were left to find out about the covid cases via workplace chat. “We have contacted management at the depot for clarification on what’s going on and received nothing back,” Kirsten said. “The workforce and their trade unions are being kept completely in the dark. “The council has not responded to us when asked about whether or not the virus was transmitted in the workplace. “We know it is a group of people that all work in the same office and, while we have no evidence to confirm it, it is likely there was transmission in the workplace.” GMB, which represents a portion of workers at Underwood Road, says a survey of its members at the site has revealed 94 per cent believe not enough is being done to protect them at work.
. All union members also said the council had handled the situation badly. One worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Protecting our health and safety didn’t feel like a priority.” Kirsten added: “In light of the past two weeks, we have raised a collective grievance against management in Underwood Road depot for their failure to communicate with the workforce and GMB reps on this health and safety risk in the depot. “Their handling of this situation can only be described as disastrous. “We’re in a pandemic and workers need confidence in their employer that they will do everything they possibly can to support them and mitigate spread of infection.” A spokesman for Renfrewshire Council said: “The safety of our staff is of paramount importance and we have robust safety measures in place in all council buildings to ensure a safe working environment.
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“All staff at our Underwood Road depot were notified that test and protect contact tracing was underway at the depot, and all close contacts have been informed and asked to self-isolate for 14 days. “The trade unions have also been regularly updated. “We have followed the advice and guidance of public health colleagues and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde at all times. “In addition to the strict cleaning programme in place, we have closed one of the office spaces as a precaution and continue to ensure all staff follow the appropriate public health procedures. “If any staff member has concerns, they should contact their line manager, who will be able to assist and support them.”
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