Bosch Hungary has three big plants in Hungary: in Hatvan, Miskolc, and Maklár. Even though national COVID-regulations state that wearing a face mask is only obligatory in hospitals and social care facilities, in Bosch, it is still a requirement. Workers would like to abolish that rule immediately.
According to napi.hu, all the employees support the petition, and the trade union already collected 3 thousand signatures. They say that in all other automotive plants in Hungary, mask-wearing has not been obligatory for one month now. Zsolt Kozma, chairman of the trade union, told napi.hu that nothing justifies obligatory mask-wearing at Bosch since workers do not have to wear it outside the factories.
The technology does not require wearing a mask,
either, and it is difficult to work in a mask for 12 hours during the summer heat, he added.
The trade union collected 3 thousand signatures in only three days for the abolishment of the mask-wearing rule. They promise to continue the work. They said that they would present the results to the leadership of the company. They hope that the directorate will modify the relevant rules. However, they are aware that
the start of the fourth wave might bring the face masks back.
Mr Kozma said that even though there are air conditioners in the workspaces, they are 15 metres up the ceiling, and workers do their job in long robes near the machines, so the temperature feels different than what the thermometer displays in the hall.
workers cannot breathe properly through the masks.
Moreover, those wearing glasses have to struggle with constant fogging. In the stores, the situation is even worse. Since the entrance ramp is open all day, it can be 28-30 degrees Celsius.