Australia Coles workers strike over COVID-19

05:26  27 march  2020
05:26  27 march  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

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Photographs showing Western medical workers with improvised safety gear have sparked outrage among commentators, who argue that nurses and doctors in developed nations shouldn’t have to wear trash bags as they combat Covid - 19 .

Strikes and protests by workers demanding protection from the deadly coronavirus have occurred with increasing frequency over the last several days. On Monday, public transit workers in Birmingham, Alabama refused to take their busses out due to COVID - 19 concerns.

Morning shift workers at a Coles distribution centre in Victoria have resumed duties after about 80 walked off the job to demand additional safety measures against COVID-19.

The workers claimed the 1.5-metre distancing rule wasn’t being enforced at the centre and workers were only being given one alcohol wipe at the start of their shifts and one at the end, despite using communal equipment.

The measures have all been agreed to with operations returning to normal.

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French medics are seeking the prosecution of top officials over their allegedly negligent response to the Covid - 19 pandemic. The French government denies any negligence and said it was paying close attention to Covid - 19 , but the scientific data did not warrant taking stronger measures in February.

Workers Strike Back DSA Announcements: Organize a COVID - 19 Workplace Response, Sign our COVID - 19 Petition, Collaborative Resources COVID - 19 : Put People Over Profit We're live with Linda Sarsour, Phillip Agnew, and other DSA guests discussing our working -class response to COVID - 19 .

More to come.

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