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GMB calls for urgent review into Covid-19 in food and meat processing

17 July 2020

GMB, the union for food workers, has called for a thorough review of the guidance for food and meat processing, including how current business models contribute to the outbreaks. 

The union spoke out as Luke Pollard,  the shadow environment secretary, called for a Governmental investigation in the industry. 

In April, GMB wrote to George Eustace, the Secretary of State for Environment Food & Rural Affairs,  warning against ‘erious gaps in standards throughout the supply chain amongst many major food and drink employers’. 

The union also argued that the failure to pay proper sick pay would lead to issues in the UK Food and Drink supply chain. 

Eamon O’Hearn, GMB National Officer, said: “We can’t put this off any longer. We wrote to George Eustace three months ago and since then we have seen major outbreaks in Bradford, Barnsley and North Wales linked to the industry. In the next few weeks, the industry is going to come under further pressure to deliver extra capacity as the hospitality industry slowly comes back onstream. This can’t wait any longer, lives have been lost and more are at risk. The time for a review is right now.”  

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