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Corona pandemic: Lidl is heavily criticized in the United States

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Lidl is criticized in the United States.

Lidl does not adequately protect his employees from infection with the new corona virus, accusing unions and organizations of the German discounter.

Lidl is not the only dealer criticized for its working conditions in the corona pandemic in the United States.

Lidl has been heavily criticized during the US corona pandemic. The accusation: the German discounter does not adequately protect its employees from infection with the new corona virus. This harms Lidl not only to its employees, but also to society.

Marian Memeszaros works in the meat department in a Best Market store in Long Island, which belongs to Lidl. She told New York radio station WNYC that despite her colleague’s illness, the store was not closed for thorough disinfection. “It feels like it really doesn’t care to me,” Memeszaros told the broadcaster.

Employees write open letter to Lidl’s US management

She is a member of the civil rights organization Latino Justice PRLDEF. The organization, along with the Jobs for Justice union, sent an open letter to Lidl’s US management at the end of April asking for better employee protection. They were not informed about their colleagues’ infections, or were informed of them only at a late stage, and had to work in places that, despite documented Covid 19 cases, were not cleaned. In addition, there is no risk allowance for putting your life at risk in the pandemic. Several Lidl employees have already died of Covid-19. There is also a petition against Lidl.

While competitor Aldi has had a presence in the USA for a long time, Lidl only opened its first stores there in 2017. There are now a total of 100, all of which are on the east coast. In 2018, the chain also took over the US supermarket Best Market, which operates 30 stores in the New York region.

Other retailers are also criticized in the United States

Lidl is not the only dealer criticized for its working conditions in the corona pandemic in the United States. Amazon, Whole Foods, Kroger or Trader Joe’s, which belongs to Aldi Nord, were also accused of inadequate protection of employees. Even before the Corona crisis, many people in retail, logistics or nursing, which are now considered “vital”, were employed under precarious conditions. More than half of them are not paid in the event of illness.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union has counted at least 68 coronavirus-related deaths among supermarket employees in the United States and also calls for a risk premium.

A Lidl spokesman told the trade magazine “Winsight Grocery Business” that the company had “closely” followed the guidelines of the American epidemic protection agency CDC. Lidl granted a 14-day paid quarantine for employees and colleagues who tested positive and came into close contact with them. Special premiums or allowances had not yet been considered, and instead the focus had been on health protection.

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