Workers at the Olymel pig processing plant in Yamachiche have managed to secure the support of a nurse, who will be in place as of Thursday.
Already severely tested during the first wave, as nearly 150 of the approximately 1,000 employees contracted COVID-19, the plant has kept many measures in place to fight the pandemic.
Inside, everything is washed and disinfected: door handles, stair railings, thermostats. The many plexiglass dividers also bring back the hard memories of the first wave.
An employee who ended up in intensive care has still not returned to work, seven months after the outbreak. “This person had a particular condition which made her with this condition more at risk,” said United Food and Commercial Workers representative Roxane Larouche.
The announcement of the first three cases in this second wave, this week, rocked the troops.
“There is a persistent fear among the workers,” said Mme Larouche.
The employees obtained more measures on Tuesday afternoon. There will be a nurse on site as of Thursday.
“It then helps isolate people who could infect other workers more quickly,” said the representative.
The employer is also open to adding shuttles to discourage carpooling.
Olymel management has said that the situation at the Princeville plant should not be compared with the Yamachiche case.
“The public health services, with our collaboration, have not decreed that there was an outbreak of cases in Yamachiche,” Olymel spokesperson Richard Vigneault recalled, adding that the cases were isolated.
The Princeville plant had more than 90 cases on Tuesday.