The Casa de Saúde da Boavista, in Porto, is forcing workers to pay half the cost of Covid-19 screening tests and has 16 infected employees, the Hospitality Industry Workers Union reported this Tuesday.
“There are at least 16 infected workers,” the union said in a statement, also stating that “protective measures are insufficient, there is no information or training and that workers suffer in silence, are afraid and panicking” .
Regarding the paid tests, the union also accuses the company of a “meeting on April 4 with the medical assistants of some floors” having informed that “it did not want anyone to work without taking the Covid-19 test, that the test cost 120 euros and the company paid 60 euros and workers the other 60 “.
Noting that “this requirement is illegal”, the union added that to workers who “took the test, paying 60 euros, the company did not release them from service for 24 to 48 hours, sending them to work soon”.
“An auxiliary was positive and only later was sent home,” the statement said.
Of the medical assistants say that “they wear white, green, yellow and common gowns, as the case may be, and that when they change jobs they change their gowns, but they do not bathe or change their shoes” and that “the visors are placed on top of the locker after being used, and can infect other workers “.
Ensuring that there are “workers who have already been discharged for fear of being infected”, they also point out others “who have already doubled the medication to be able to work”.
The union “protested with the company and reported the situation to the Directorate-General for Health and the Northern Regional Health Administration”.
Lusa tried to get a comment from the Casa de Saúde da Boavista, but the latter forwarded a possible response to Wednesday morning.