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Unions demand deep-clean at XPO

[ May 15, 2020   //   ]

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has criticised logistics operator XPO’s response to the covid-19 pandemic, saying that at least six workers have died at its European sites in the UK, France, Italy and the Netherlands.
The unions says that although it remains unconfirmed whether the six individuals contracted the virus in the workplace, all workers face an increased risk and that personal protective equipment was lacking.
In the UK, Mick Rix from the GMB union described the lack of PPE as “an alarming shambles”, saying that one worker who requested PPE was told to go out and buy their own?”. GMB has demanded the closure of one site pending a deep clean.
Unions at XPO have written to the company ahead of its annual general meeting, demanding improvements including a global occupational health and safety forum with workers’ representatives from each country of operation.