Puebla, Pue. The Employers’ Confederation of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex) warned that the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, due to the variant Omicron, is affecting the logistics operations of companies due to the absenteeism of infected personnel.
Without giving a number of companies and cases, the local president of the organization, Rubén Furlong Martínez, commented that companies cannot work 100% in the transfer of goods and in some urgent situations to comply with deliveries they must resort to personnel from other areas.
He indicated that in 2021 they had no absenteeism problems, because they are working at 60%, until the total reopening of activities in October of that year; however, now with the Omicron variant which is more contagious, it does impact them at work.
Although, he pointed out that there have been no deaths of employees, they do have reports that disabilities increased due to contagion or some employees had to isolate themselves for a few days, because they have relatives with Covid-19, while determining whether they are positive or negative.
He urged companies to be flexible with employees to give them leave with disability and prevent further contagion, which would further harm logistics operations.
In addition, he called on the employer class to reinforce sanitary measures and support with the cost of tests. Covid-19 for those who have the symptoms, since that will help to avoid a greater rebound in cases.
He indicated that staff and managers must make coordinated efforts to face the fourth wave of the pandemic.
Furlong Martínez commented that the Coparmex is in favor of the virtual disability procedure launched last week by the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), since this speeds up the delivery of the document for those who are requesting it instead of going to the clinics for several hours to train.
He trusted that the fourth wave of the pandemic will pass quickly and that this will allow activities to be resumed at 100% in logistics operations, which is why some businessmen have had to talk to their clients so that they understand the situation.
He stressed that the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 lessened the impact of the pandemic, which could have been worse if part of the population was not vaccinated.