May 14th, 2020 – 7:00 pm
I hope you are well.
As announced earlier, we are preparing to gradually reopen the factory on Monday, May 18, 2020. On this day we will continue with the assembly of the medical test kits, but we will also start preparing to make games again.
Your health and safety is our core priority. This is why, over the past weeks, we have adapted the factory and the processes in the factory. We have developed and implemented a detailed “back-to-work protocol,” which we will share with you. We have also kept in close touch with the HSE and the Health & Safety Authority during this time. The protocol adheres to all the guidance provided by the Government’s ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol.’
With your help and support, we can provide a safe work environment. The guidelines we have implemented are the same in all factories of the Cartamundi group. And they work. Most Cartamundi facilities around the globe have remained open throughout the current crisis and are open today.
Our customers rely on all of us.
Throughout the coming weekend, you will receive a call from your line manager to discuss the start-up of next week. As it’s a gradual return to work, we may ask some of you for a little more patience. It is, however, our goal to scale up to our normal capacity very soon.
If you have questions, please address with your line manager.
I look forward to seeing you back at the factory soon!
Stay safe – Barry.
May 8th, 2020 – 5:00 pm
I hope you are well.
The announcement by the Taoiseach of last Friday was not what we had hoped for.
At this moment, we don’t precisely know when our business will be permitted by the government to re-open for making games.
Our plant will remain partially open for the assembly of medical test kits and we await a new order of these kits in the coming days.
I can assure you that we are working around the clock, and at the highest levels, to obtain more information. Our efforts are supported by both our valued customers and by Cartamundi group management. Our customers rely on us and it is our goal to re-open on Monday, May 18.
We have already prepared the factory to re-open, and we believe that it is safe to do so, given the strict measures we have put in place. The health and safety of our employees is always our core priority. All other Cartamundi facilities in Europe, Asia, and South America are open, with the same strict safety guidelines.
We will keep you posted on any development.
Stay Safe – Barry
April 30th, 2020 – 5:00 pm
I hope you and your families are safe and well.
We now await an announcement from the Taoiseach tomorrow to confirm what changes, if any, will be made to the current government imposed restrictions, including the classifications of businesses that may be permitted to return to work. This information may not be available to us immediately. As soon as this information is received, we will be in a position to communicate to you all with more certainty.
Should we be in a position to fully re-open the plant next Tuesday, May 5th, we will be starting production in all areas on the relevant shift patterns already communicated to you by your team leader. In Assembly, we intend to begin operating 2 lines on days and 1 line on evenings. The relevant employees will be called directly over the weekend. Once back on site all employees will receive Covid-19 Workplace Policy induction. This will include all of the required protocols for your department and the plant.
If we are not in a position to fully re-open the plant, we will also send a message via text to you all to confirm this.
I appreciate that we are all in ‘limbo,’ but we can only respond and deal with the best available information we have at any time. This information is continuously changing, and we will do our very best to keep you all informed.
Again, I would like to bring your attention to our confidential Employee Assistance Program service that is available to you at this difficult and unpredictable time. If you need additional support and help with feelings of anxiety or stress please feel free to contact our counselor available through our: Donagh Ward on; Tel: 087 7507313 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need any additional information or support, please reach out to your manager or HR.
Stay Safe – Barry
April 21st, 2020 – 4:00 pm
I hope you and your families are all keeping well.
As we begin our 6th week of closure I want to assure you that we are working closely with the government to try to get an indication as to when our plant can fully re-open, while adhering to the government-imposed guidelines. Once we know this we will communicate with you as soon as possible.
All employees receive the relevant payment support i.e., Social Welfare or TWSS. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these schemes, please contact Lisa in H.R. I can confirm that for the duration of our temporary layoff, all voluntary deductions will be paused, including pension contributions. These deductions and contributions will start again once the plant is fully re-opened and operational. For those employees with a Laya Healthcare plan, please note there will be no interruption to your plan during this temporary layoff period. You will also be contacted by Laya Healthcare directly to confirm a ‘rebate’ as they redirect claim costs back to their members.
These are difficult and challenging times for everyone, and Cartamundi Ireland is here to support you as best we can. Please ensure that you continue to:
- Follow public health directives about staying home, as much as possible, maintaining social distance, and continue necessary preventive measures.
- Stay connected in your community:
- Waterford Helpline: 1800 250 185; email@example.com
- Kilkenny Helpline: 1800 500 000; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wexford Helpline: 053 919 6000; email@example.com
- Alone National Helpline: 0818 222 024
- If you need specific information about COVID-19 and support systems in place, please avoid social media and ‘false news’, instead, go to reliable and accurate information sources:
- Know the signs of COVID-19, as compared to other illnesses. If you are ill, contact your G.P. by phone to seek advice
- Attend to your mental health. As the situation relating to COVID-19 continues to unfold, including news reports, cocooning, homeschooling, travel restrictions, and concerns for your own and your loved ones’ health – people can experience concerns or anxiety. In situations that are uncertain and evolving such as this, it’s understandable to feel stressed, anxious, or upset. If you need additional support and help with feelings of anxiety or stress please feel free to contact our counselor available through our confidential Employee Assistance Program: Donagh Ward on; Tel: 087 7507313 or firstname.lastname@example.org
When you do return to work, hopefully, in the not too distant future, please be assured that we will continue to follow all H.S.E guidelines which will include: creating 1.5 metre spacing where possible or using screens to create a physical barrier, changing shift patterns to create gaps between shifts and restricting movement between departments, supporting remote working where possible, suspending canteen services, no face to face meetings and training, no visitors on site, and introducing cleaning protocols. All employees will also be expected to remain vigilant about playing their part in maintaining social distancing, washing hands, wearing P.P.E. and carrying out a pre-shift start symptoms check to identify any Covid-19 symptoms you may have, including a temperature. The full list of processes being implemented will be shared with you on your return.
If you need any additional information or support please reach out to your manager or H.R.
Looking forward to seeing you all again. Stay Safe! – Barry