ABOUT 190 WORKERS, MOST OF THEM IMMIGRANTS FROM SOMALIA, HAVE BEEN FIRED FROM A MEAT PACKING AND DISTRIBUTION PLANT ON COLORADO’S EASTERN PLAINS FOR WALKING OFF THE JOB TO PROTEST A WORKPLACE PRAYER DISPUTE.
Ten days in the past greater than 200 employees walked off their jobs at Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan.
Some employees later returned, however the majority stayed away as representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) negotiated on their behalf.
On Tuesday Cargill, by its attorneys, fired the employees who had been holding out, mentioned Jaylani Hussein, a spokesman and government director of CAIR.
Cargill is a Kansas-based firm.
Some of the fired workers have been working on the plant for as much as 10 years, Hussein mentioned. Cargill had beforehand allowed Muslim workers to hope on the plant, even offering a prayer room, he mentioned.
Depending on the season, the Muslim employees prayed at totally different occasions of the day, usually in about five-to-10 minute blocks, Hussein mentioned. But just lately a choice was made on the plant to alter the follow.
“The workers were told: ‘If you want to pray, go home,’ ” Hussein mentioned.
Many of the employees, some who assist household with their earnings, banded collectively and determined to stroll off the job in an try and sway plant managers to reinstate a prayer schedule.
Hussein and Jenifer Wicks, additionally of CAIR, had been negotiating with Cargill. On Tuesday, they had been informed of the mass firing.
Hussein mentioned firm officers informed him the mass dismissal was over a “no call, no show, walk out.”
“It’s disappointing,” Hussein mentioned.
The employees have beforehand been utilizing time carved out of a 15-minute break interval, or time from their unpaid 30-minute lunch break.
Cargill has a coverage stating that any employees who’re terminated cannot reapply for a place for six months.
If you’re asking us, that is what ought to actually occur when you stroll out in the course of your job. And Cargill’s instance needs to be adopted by different firms as properly: don’t bow to raical Muslims, risk them such as you would deal with another employee, and in the event that they’re being unreasonable – fireplace them!
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