Kroger requests officials to strengthen safety standards for workers
Category: #retail  By Pankaj Singh  Date: 2020-04-16
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Kroger requests officials to strengthen safety standards for workers
  • Kroger is requesting government authorities to recognize its employees as "emergency personnel" or "extended first responders"
  • Kroger is one of the largest grocery stores in America with over 2800 stores and 460,000 employees.

Kroger, an American retail company, is requesting government authorities to designate almost its 460,000 employees as "emergency personnel" or "extended first responders” to safeguard their health amid pandemic. The classification will improve workers’ access to personal protection equipment (PPE) kits.

Apparently, several states in the nation have closed the restaurants in a move to stop the spread of COVID-19. This has put extra pressure on retail companies to provide necessary grocery items, giving employees extra exposure to COVID-19.

In a joint statement with UFCW, McMullen said that the company is requesting state and government authorities to take quick action to safeguard workers’ health. This designation would ensure that front-line workers are protected and have easy access to PPE like gloves and masks, he claimed.

McMullen added that the urgent call for emergency personnel status or temporary first-responder is not just about safeguarding grocery store employees but also it is about safeguarding the nation’s food supply chain and the customers they serve. McMullen concluded saying that the company urges government leaders to act now and safeguard the health of workers.

As per reports, four Kroger employees have died in Michigan while staff members at stores in Middletown and Batesville, Harrison, Indiana, and Finneytown have fallen sick.

Kroger is one of the largest supermarket chains in America operating with numerous regional retail chains in 35 states, including King Soopers, QFC, Mariano's, Fry's, Smith's, Harris Teeter, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, and many other. The company is currently employing around 460,000 workers across the nation with around 2,800 stores.

For the record, there are over 2 million COVID-19 confirmed cases in the world causing lockdown in most of the parts of the world.

Source Credit - https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/04/14/coronavirus-kroger-ceo-workers-emergency-personnel/2991612001/

 



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