GERMANY, Rheda-Wiedenbrück. The company is using numerous measures to restructure, among other things, the areas of housing and work for former contract workers.
The Tönnies Group has gradually reopened the production areas in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. Initially, around 8,000 pigs per day will be slaughtered, the company reports. The new start was made possible by new ventilation systems with decentralised HEPA filtration units, which have been installed in the cutting areas. They exchange air 2.5 times per hour and reduce the air circulating in the room from potentially introduced viruses. The expanded hygiene concept also includes weekly row tests for all production employees in mobile tents at the factory entrance, address management for all employees for operational tracking of employees, strict separation of employees from different production departments during canteen visits, an even greater number of training courses for employees, as well as increased checks for compliance with distance regulations and the wearing of medical mouth and nose protection.
The company points out that 1,000 contract workers are to be directly employed in Rheda-Wiedenbrück by September 1. The aim is to have all employees in the core areas directly employed by the company by the end of 2020. Tönnies is creating new living space for these employees. By September 1, two housing companies founded for this purpose are to rent about 400 living spaces in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. The existing time recording system will be converted to digital time recording on August 1, 2020. This should make it possible to check and document working hours more efficiently.
The measures of the immediate action program will be implemented first in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. Subsequently, selected measures required in the pandemic are to be implemented at other German companies, the meat company announced. The design of these measures will depend on the specific local conditions.