Electronics manufacturer separates workforce in canteen
An electronics maker is segregating its canteen workers based on whether or not they’ve been bitten for COVID-19, in a bid to help curb the spread of the virus.
A photo sent to Malta timetables, allegedly installed at Methode Electronics Malta Ltd, asks unvaccinated employees to stay in the “upper area” of the canteen.
Vaccinated people are only allowed in the “lower canteen area”.
When asked to confirm whether the signs were placed at the manufacturer’s premises and to clarify on what legal basis the people were separated, a company lawyer said employees were divided based on their immunization status for their own safety.
“All employees have equal access to all services offered on Methode’s premises, including the canteen,” she said.
“A risk assessment was carried out to determine how best to provide a safe canteen environment for unmasked employees and it was determined, based on scientific data, that it would be safer for employees if the canteen had to have designated areas that guarantee additional protection.
Methode recently made headlines after apparently sending a note to its employees telling them to get the COVID-19 vaccine or have a PCR test every week.
According to LovinMalta, Methode employees must submit a copy of their vaccination certificate or be swabbed in their free time. Tests carried out during working hours will be deducted from annual staff leave.
“Get vaccinated or tested every week”
The company’s lawyer said Malta timetables that the manufacturer has taken the well-being of its employees “very seriously and has invested heavily and adopted a considerable number of measures to ensure that Methode provides a safe working environment for all of its employees”.
The final measure, she confirmed, was that all unvaccinated employees undergo a weekly PCR test to ensure that the health and safety of all employees, whether vaccinated or not, is preserved.
“The measures have all, invariably, been adopted in the light of risk assessments carried out very regularly, which take into account the latest scientific data on issues related to COVID-19. “
Just last week Malta timetables reported that non-EU workers in many African and Asian countries, as well as those working in the healthcare and restaurant industries, must now prove that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to renew their work permits.
Only COVID-19 vaccine certificates issued by Malta are recognized as valid for these license renewals.
Meanwhile, Malta was recently criticized by the European Commission for a proposed travel ban for unvaccinated travelers entering the island.
The island later changed its rules to allow unvaccinated travelers to enter the island, provided they undergo 14 days of quarantine in a government-approved quarantine hotel.
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