Termination warranted for food safety violation

The grievor had not followed procedures meant to protect food safety. He had been disciplined earlier for the same failure. His age, length of service and sincere apology were not enough to tip the balance in his favour.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/26/2012

A worker at meat a processing plant was fired for repeatedly failing to follow the company’s processing procedures.

Mr. Q worked as a smokehouse operator at a meat processing plant. Hired on Sept. 24, 2007, he was a short-service worker with 2½ years at the company when he was fired on April 8, 2010.

As a smokehouse operator, a key component of Mr. Q’s job was to manage and monitor temperature charts. Part of this task entailed taking the temperature of the meat during its processing and recording the numbers on the charts.