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Several bus drivers are concerned for their own and their families their health after an employee in the Time that should have been in quarantine, is at work on one of the company’s plant in Vestland.
The employees came home from holiday in Spain Saturday in the previous week. The country is one of them which currently are hardest hit by koronaviruset.
– Employees have said that they do not want to go to work. Those with relatives who have chronic diseases, says they are worried to bring the infection home, ” says avdelingstillitsvalgt for trade unions, Ørjan Cope with.
On arrival at Bergen airport Flesland, got the person routinely told to be in hjemmekarantene in 14 days.
But the lead in Time has decided that the employee is critical to the operation, and allows the person to drop the quarantine to go to work.
Around 100 buses and 300 bus drivers is related to the plant at Straume, where the employees work with to wash the buses.
the Concern for drivers is that they do not know how long the infection survives in the buses. In addition uses all of the same canteen and toilets, and they are all on the same door handles.
– We have taken it up with the company and said that we can’t have it like that, ” says Cope.
CONCERNED EMPLOYEES: Avdelingstillitsvalgt for trade unions, Ørjan Cope with, ” says bussjåførene are concerned about becoming infected by the koronaviruset on the job.
Photo: Valentina Baisotti / NRK – Critical for the operation
Together with verneombudet, they have taken contact with both the Norwegian institute of public health (FHI) and smittevernlegen in Øygarden.
FHI said that the government’s message was crystal clear. You should be in quarantine when coming from abroad.
Regionsjef in Time, Rune Mannseth, understand that the staff is concerned.
– It is a difficult time for all of us. But the combination of expertise and the tasks to be carried out, means that we are considering that they are critical to the operation.
He emphasises that the Time has conformed to the regulations that apply.
– I do not feel that we are defying advice from FHI. Our opinion is that FHI has been to provide advice in relation to the regulation from the government, and the regulation we relate to quite loyal. We think it is sad that we as a criticism of society and business in koronapandemien must defend ourselves. The government has clearly defined that the persons who are strictly necessary in order to maintain proper operation will be exempt from the karanteneplikten.
– It follows a responsibility
a union Representative Cope with tells that they have asked the management on a contingency plan that says something about how the employees can work without potentially contaminate the surfaces or colleagues.
This, they have not been given.
– the Probability speaks well for that the person is not infected, but still we feel unsafe, ” says Cope.
Our reality is that we go on the job, despite the fact that the rest of society in a large extent at home. We subjected us to smittefare, and think there is a basis to limit the most possible.
Smittevernlege in Øygarden, Jens Eikås, say they don’t have much they should say in this situation.
– the bus companies are critical functions, thus, it has been entrusted to them to manage the crew – even those who have been on the trip abroad. The company is free to do so, but it follows a responsibility.
As a result of far fewer kollektivreisende, have a Ride reduced order. At the plant in Straume is spoken on permittering.
According to Cope with be able to many of the employees who are in danger to be laid off, made the relevant employees their job.
Mannseth says they look at the expertise of the various employees.
– We encourage everyone to take their own precautions. Our staff do a fantastic effort and expose themselves to infection, to a much greater extent than others, but we have to keep the wheels in motion.
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