Workers of the Fiat Chrysler Automobile Serbia (FCA) plant in Kragujevac will be on paid leave until May 18 and reports the independent trade union.
The FCA workers have been on paid leave since 16 March, and after the Easter holidays, they used annual leave days left over from previous years.
According to the president of the trade union, Zoran Markovic, only security, general service and fire protection officers work in the factory, albeit on a part-time basis.
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There is a nurse at the entrance to the factory who measures the temperature of the workers and protective masks and gloves are provided to the employees.
At the same time, the Zastava Oruzje factory has already started two regular shifts and more than 90 per cent of the total number of workers is present at the workplace, said the independent trade union.
The union, however, underlined that the factory was not ready to welcome workers since it did not have enough of the required protective equipment.
The union president, Dragan Ilic, felt that the work and health services had failed and they should have prepared and inspected everything long before the workers arrived, starting with the disinfection barriers and dispensers and protective masks and gloves.
He also stated that the workers did not have their body temperature measured at the factory entrance.
He also said the workers were given two cotton masks each which were probably not up to standard.
Ilic concluded that he would present all the objections to the crisis team meeting at the factory headquarters today in order to remedy the shortcomings as soon as possible.
(Novi Magazin, 04.05.2020)
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