Unvaccinated staff “made to work in a dirty storage room” in an Italian company | Italy

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Unvaccinated staff at a company in northern Italy accused their employer of discrimination after saying they were forced to work “in a dirty warehouse full of animal dung”.

The claims come days after Italy became the first country in Europe to implement a strict Covid-19 vaccine mandate for workers in the private and public sectors. All workers must now show proof of vaccination, immunity or a negative test taken within the previous 48 hours.

Company staff in Lombardy said he was banned from the main office building despite proof of a negative test. Instead, they say, they were sent to work in a warehouse containing “makeshift workstations surrounded by pieces of wreckage.”

In a video shared on social media, the space appeared to have been unused for some time, with desks and chairs stacked on top of each other, dirty toilets and animal feces on an electrical outlet and on the ceiling.

The video also contained a letter from the company to staff saying that only those who presented proof of vaccination would have access to the main building and the canteen.

A protester in Turin burns a green pass on October 15. Photography: Alessandro Di Marco / Ansa / Rex

The owner of the company, who has not been named, told the Ansa news agency that the measure was necessary to protect staff: “We have separated those who are completely safe from those who are less so. “. The owner said he had not personally checked the conditions in the alternate workspace.

Those who flout the ‘green pass’ rules in the workplace in Italy face suspension without pay or a fine of up to € 1,500 (£ 1,270). Employers can be fined for failing to verify staff compliance.

The aim is to increase inoculations and contain infections in the hope of avoiding further containment. The number of people booking their first dose of vaccination has increased since Friday, while more than 1 million green passes were downloaded on Monday.

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