Windsor Assembly employees refuse to work over concerns about possible COVID-19 exposure: FCA
Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ont., on Friday, March 29, 2019. (Melanie Borrelli / CTV Windsor)
WINDSOR, ONT. -- FCA Canada says a Windsor Assembly Plant employee is in self-quarantine and some employees are refusing to work over COVID-19 concerns.
FCA Lou Ann Gosselin says there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the plant.
“There currently is one employee out on self-quarantine as a precaution because of possible secondary contact,” says Gosslin. “As a result, plant employees are concerned about possible exposure and have refused to work since mid-afternoon on March 12.”
The Ministry of Labour says about 166 workers were refusing to work.
Gosselin says the MOL visited the plant on Thursday to investigate and determined the plant’s protocols and work environment to be safe.
“We are working with the local union and Unifor leadership as well as government officials to address this issue in order to restart production as soon as possible,” says Gosselin. “We continue to monitor the situation carefully and take precautions to safeguard the health and welfare of the FCA family.”
On Friday, the ministry told CTV News the inspector determined that the refusal did not meet the criteria of a work refusal.
“No orders or requirements were issued and investigation is now complete,” says MOL spokesperson Janet Deline.