Freezer breakdown puts focus on Compass: Union

A freezer breakdown at Southland Hospital highlights the vulnerability of the new Compass Group food model, E tu union industry co-ordinator Jill Ovens says.

Compass had to bring in a freezer truck on Saturday to keep its food frozen.

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Food was returned to the repaired freezer on Wednesday afternoon.

‘‘We are so much more reliant on that freezer because everything's being brought in,'' Ms Ovens, of Auckland, said.

‘‘They're reliant on having freezers full of food.''

Chief executive Carole Heatly said the freezer developed a fault on Saturday, and the problem could not be identified immediately because stormy weather meant workers were unable to get on to the roof.

‘‘This work was undertaken on Monday and Tuesday and the fault was fixed.''

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