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SIPTU and the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) have called on the Health and Safety Authority (HAS) to immediately inspect the Liffey Meats facility in Ballyjamesduff, county Cavan, to ensure its compliance with Covid-19 precautions.

In a joint statement, SIPTU and the MRCI representatives said:

“Over recent days we have been receiving calls from SIPTU members, many of whom are migrant workers, employed at Liffey Meats in Ballyjamesduff who are concerned about their health and safety in the plant. We have asked the employer to ensure that our members are working in a safe environment.

“We are seeking to ensure that all the required precautions against Covid-19 including physical distancing, hand washing and sanitising facilities as well as adequate Personal Protection Equipment are in place and that any incidences of COID-19 are responded to appropriately”.

“As we have received no response to our request, we have made contact with the HSA and have asked it to carry out a detailed inspection of the plant to ensure that Liffey Meats is in compliance with the procedures required to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.”

For further information contact:

Edel McGinley, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland: 087 748 5695

Greg Ennis, SIPTU Manufacturing Division Organiser: 087 677 6810