‘Non-essential call-centres should close now’ – Anderson

Non-essential call centres should close immediately in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has said.

The Foyle MLA was commenting after staff at a number of premises, including call centres with large numbers of employees, raised serious concerns about the lack of social distancing and other protective measures in their workplace. 

Martina Anderson said: “I want to assure those workers that contacted Sinn Féin regarding the lack of social distancing measures in their workplace that this is entirely unacceptable. I have already been in contact with employers in the city and made it clear that all non-essential businesses, including call-centres should close in line with the public health advice. 

“Any business which does remain open must ensure that physical distancing and all other protective and cleaning measures are in place to safeguard the health of their staff.

“No worker should be left feeling afraid, bullied or at risk.

“And if any business fails to take the appropriate steps, thereby endangering their staff and recklessly contributing to the spread of this killer virus then they should feel the full weight of the new legislation to ensure they are forced to close.”