Querétaro companies report recurring absence in the face of Covid-19 fourth wave

Queretaro, Qro. Faced with the fourth wave of infections by Covid-19, absenteeism was repeated during January in several work centers, the local secretary-general of the Autonomous Confederation of Workers and Employees of Mexico explained (Catem), Erick Osornio Medina.

Given the impact of the new rise in labor base infections, he said, the workers represented by the confederation had agreements and direct contact with employers, and therefore did not make much use of the processing of the permits issued by the Institute of Mexican Social Security (IMSS).

“Yes, there is absence, as everywhere, when someone tests positive, they are notified, they are notified and in five, six or seven days (they return) – whatever the health issue – but there is absence, I can not say a thing Exactly how much, but there is absence, the whole month of January there was a lot, a lot of infection, ”he explained.

The absence from work offered in January, he said, set a precedent in the scenario experienced at the start of the pandemic, when there were even cases in which large companies forced their workers to work, despite the delivery.

“In the unions we have of companies, we did not find any more details, we have a very real trade unionism, very modern, closely related to the company, so when an issue like this happens, we talk to the company and “now we do not have to turn to the tests. If a colleague has an illness, Covid or whatever, talk to them and talk to the company, to the human resource area, and a solution is found,” he said. he declares.

As a result of the fourth wave of infections, he said, sanitary protocols have been strengthened within workspaces to inhibit risks.

The confederation has 18 affiliated unions, with a total of 10,000 workers in the state, they are collaborators of both the Private Initiative and the local civil service.

In this context, state chambers of commerce reported absence in these first weeks of the year; the members of the National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (Canacintra) reports an average of 20% absenteeism, while the firms of the National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Canaco Servytur) responsible for 18% absence in their workforce; and for the National Small Chamber of Commerce (Kanakope) absenteeism has fluctuated about 25% for companies in this field.

expose bad practices

On another issue, last week the confederation became aware of three similar cases in which companies violated workers’ rights.

One of these cases is that of 120 women who worked as workers in the school transport system provided by the municipality of Queretaro, who accused alleged unjustified dismissals, non-payment of bonuses and liquidation. They stressed that they had been subcontracted by a company that had so far not responded to their demands.

Given the prevalence of these types of cases, the state representative of Catem requested the labor sector not to sign blank sheets and assert their rights as workers.

In Queretaro there are approximately 628,676 posts associated with the IMSS, which works mainly in the transformation industry, as well as in the trade and service sectors.

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