Workers, Resistance and Covid-19

Eddie Conlon

Abstract


“It is a miracle he is alive. He lost a world of weight – 13 kilos. He has to learn to walk again. It will take a good twelve months to come back. He was walking on a Zimmer frame up and down the ward. His breathing is all different. There are no plans for him to return to work at Rosderra. I wouldn’t let him back in a million years.” So says the wife of a meat plant worker, in the Irish Times of 16 May.

At that point there were almost 600 cases of Covid-19 in meat plants. By the middle of the following week there were 850 cases and by June 3rd, 1,048.

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