Massy ‘Saddened’ Over COVID-19 Stigmatisation Of Its Employees

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Massy Stores Saint Lucia Ltd. which recently disclosed that it had been ‘touched’ by COVID-19, has expressed concern over reports that the company’s team members have become the targets of stigmatisation.

“It has come to our attention that Massy Stores staff in Saint Lucia are being stigmatised and discriminated against, based on the knowledge that COVID-19 has touched our company” Managing Director, Martin Dorville, disclosed Friday.

He asserted that the Massy team is ‘deeply saddened’ over the development.

“We do not want for anyone to be treated in that manner, more so the very persons who have put their lives and that of their families at risk to graciously do their jobs and serve you now and over the last gruelling nine months of this pandemic,” the Massy Managing Director stated.

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“We pride ourselves on the critical role we play in feeding the nation and have spared no effort in ensuring the safety of our operations,” Dorville asserted.

He explained that strict precautions were in place to be able to responsibly fulfill the company’s role as an essential service provider, especially at this time.

“We are extremely proud of and grateful to our team members who, in spite of their own fears and concerns about COVID-19, have over the last nine months, served Saint Lucia with distinction, enduring the psychological stress and navigating through some very, very challenging periods to come out and serve,” the Massy official said.

“Never wavering in their duty, never stigmatising customers and never discriminating as they serve thousands and thousands of shoppers every single day since this virus hit Saint Lucia,” Dorville observed.

“The discrimination we are now experiencing at other well known stores, on the bus, as we walk the streets is, to say the least, disheartening and we ask you with much humility, that this must be stopped.”

“I want to again reassure the public that the health and safety of all Massy operations and by extension that of our cherished team members, loyal customers, supportive suppliers and all who operate within our premises is our number one priority,” Dorville said.

He said the company’s measures are in line with guidelines from the World Health Organisation and local health officials.

Dorville noted that Massy Stores works closely with and under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and continues to adjust its approach as necessary, to ensure that all its operations remain as low risk as reasonably possible.

Headline photo caption: Supermarket stock photo courtesy Eduardo Soares

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