‘Everyone’s on top of you, sneezing and coughing’: life inside Ireland’s meat plants
Workers share Covid-19 fears over lack of social distancing, crowded accommodation and being forced to buy their own PPE
Marco* felt the phlegm gather heavily on his chest for five days before he called his local health centre and told them he worked at the meat plant. He was tested within hours – the result was positive.
“One hundred per cent, I know I got it in the factory,” he says. “If the disease was in the animals, they’d have closed the place. But for workers, the factories can do what they want.”