The Olymel plant in Yamachiche is back to cruising speed after a temporary closure and COVID-19 outbreaks that saw 138 workers infected with the virus last spring.
Business is going so well that the company even has to turn to foreign labor to maintain operations. Nine workers from Mauritius have just joined its ranks.
The newcomers are joining the contingent of around forty foreign workers in the factory. For Mauritians, who recently saw their country’s economy collapse, which depended largely on tourism, this job represents an opportunity to start afresh and to offer support to their families back home.
In Yamachiche, we are also delighted with the arrival of new workers. The mayor of the municipality, Paul Carbonneau, praised the adaptability of his new fellow citizens, who already speak French.
If the new workers had to undergo a quarantine on their arrival, the factory is not skimping on safety measures either. There is no question of reliving the crisis of last spring. Workers’ temperatures are taken at the door, dividing panels have been installed in rest areas and safety instructions are constantly reiterated on posters displayed throughout the plant.