Most Belgian bosses risk workers’ coronavirus contagion


This 26 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Coronavirus Is Spreading Through Amazon’s Warehouses In The US | Mashable News

The news comes after more than 1,500 Amazon warehouse workers started a petition asking the company to take more precautions to protect them from the virus.

Translated from the (conservative Roman Catholic) daily De Standaard in Belgium today:

85 percent of audited companies do not adhere to corona measures: “This really should not continue”

Inspections of about 328 companies in the past two weeks have shown that 280 businesses do not adhere to the corona measures. This is evident from figures requested by the Green opposition party. …

From the figures requested by Green MP Evita Willaert, it turns out that the Inspectorate for Well-being at Work (TWW) registered 704 corona-related complaints in the period from March 23 to April 3. The service also carried out 750 remote checks, by which a checklist is gone over by telephone. In 85 percent of companies, staff did not follow the rules and insufficient distance was kept between them.

MP Evita Willaert (Groen) reacted indignantly to Radio1: “In 85 percent of the cases where inspection came, they had to give a warning. In 20 cases it was also decided to close company halls. 85 percent, you really can’t do that. That’s way too much.”

52 employers were also given a period to comply and one company received a misdemeanour police citation.

“People play games with the health of all employees by being so lax with the guidelines”, says Willaert.

Belgium: Faced with this, social struggles have multiplied in many enterprises (Audi, Volvo, Decathlon, Leonidas, Neuhaus, Brice, Bombardier, Safran Aero, Sonaca, Arcelor and many others) where protests and work stoppages have forced the National Security Council to tighten the screws on certain companies and sectors. The union leaderships have agreed with the bosses to establish a list of essential sectors where work can be authorized with fewer – and therefore more dangerous – measures of social distance. This list includes sectors that make sense (food, pharmacies and health care for example) but the devil is in the detail. For example, all petrochemicals are considered ” essential “, including those used to make perfume or plastic gadgets: here.

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  6. Ik nodig je graag uit op #OnzeHelden live, een unieke online meeting op donderdagavond 30 april om 19u30.

    Op de vooravond van 1 mei ga ik samen met Raoul Hedebouw in gesprek met Marc Van Ranst, intussen welbekend viroloog, Natalie Eggermont, spoedarts, en Robert Vertenueil, ABVV-voorzitter.

    Dokwerkers, zorgverleners, brandweerlui, winkelpersoneel, … wij zetten alle coronahelden in de spotlight. Neen, het is niet aan hen om de coronacrisis te betalen. Dat is de spirit van 1 mei! De muziek wordt verzorgd door Daan, vanuit zijn kot. Power!

    Verder te gast: de Cubaanse dokters die in Italië zijn gaan helpen? Wel, wij hebben een gesprek met Carlos Pérez, Cubaanse dokter, vanuit Italië.

    En in Palestina, waar de situatie nu héél moeilijk is, spreek ik met de bekende Palestijnse activiste Ahed Tamimi.

    Er is ook een live graffiti-kunstwerk en DJ’s zorgen nadien voor een zot feestje vanuit uw kot.

    Alles wat je moet doen is op 30 april om 19.30u naar de facebookpagina van de PVDA surfen of naar http://www.pvda.be/onzehelden.

    Ontdek het volledige 1 meiprogramma op http://www.pvda.be/onzehelden of in het Facebookevenement.

    Warme 1-mei-groeten,

    Peter Mertens,
    voorzitter PVDA

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  17. Een samenleving waarin we zorg dragen voor elkaar, dat is het soort samenleving waar we naartoe willen. Aan die samenleving bouwen we vandaag al.

    Tijdens de coronacrisis liet de Vlaamse regering de woonzorgcentra in de steek. Ze liet de bewoners stikken en stuurde het zorgpersoneel zonder bescherming naar het front. Onze zorghelden en onze ouderen verdienen beter.

    Vandaag komt er een tweede golf op ons af. Wij eisen 5.000 bijkomende jobs in onze woonzorgcentra. Om de werkdruk te verlagen. Om de jarenlange onderbezetting aan te pakken. Om een zorg op mensenmaat te garanderen voor onze ouderen.

    Door samen in beweging te komen dwong het zorgpersoneel al 600 miljoen euro aan bijkomende middelen af van de federale regering, bovenop ons noodfonds voor de zorg van 400 miljoen euro. Nu moeten we hetzelfde doen voor de woonzorgcentra. Teken en deel de petitie: https://www.pvda.be/zorg

    Zorg goed voor elkaar,

    Sofie Merckx, gezondheidsspecialiste van de PVDA
    http://www.pvda.be/

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