Brazil meat lobby resists social distancing rules for workers

A Brazilian meat lobby is urging local governments to reconsider regulations that would space out food plant workers.
calendar icon 13 July 2020
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According to the letter, the average worker distance at poultry facilities is 0.85 cm.

Federal rules passed on 19 June addressing the operations of Brazilian slaughterhouses during COVID-19 should take precedence over state norms, the letter argued. Federal rules require only one meter of physical distancing, which labour representatives believe is insufficient.

According to the meat industry, enforcing the one-meter distancing rule would cause an 18 percent drop in output.

Responding to the companies’ stance, Parana’s Chief Labor Prosecutor Margaret de Carvalho requested “an urgent meeting” with the governor on Thursday 9 July, according to a separate letter seen by Reuters.

She defended the continued enforcement of local rules, as meatpackers became hotbeds for the novel coronavirus.

“Some 16 slaughterhouses have had or still have outbreaks, with six units recording more than 100 cases each,” Carvalho’s letter said.

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According to the letter, the average worker distance at poultry facilities is 0.85 cm.

Federal rules passed on 19 June addressing the operations of Brazilian slaughterhouses during COVID-19 should take precedence over state norms, the letter argued. Federal rules require only one meter of physical distancing, which labour representatives believe is insufficient.

According to the meat industry, enforcing the one-meter distancing rule would cause an 18 percent drop in output.

Responding to the companies’ stance, Parana’s Chief Labor Prosecutor Margaret de Carvalho requested “an urgent meeting” with the governor on Thursday 9 July, according to a separate letter seen by Reuters.

She defended the continued enforcement of local rules, as meatpackers became hotbeds for the novel coronavirus.

“Some 16 slaughterhouses have had or still have outbreaks, with six units recording more than 100 cases each,” Carvalho’s letter said.

Read more about this story here.

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