Morrisons cuts sick pay for ‘unvaccinated employees’ in Covid isolation

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The supermarket giant will now only give employees the statutory sick pay of £96.35 a week if they are told to isolate but test negative. Covid-positive staff get full sick pay regardless of vaccination status but the change to those who must isolate, such as employees living with family members who test positive, has angered some shoppers.

One woman wrote online: “I do not agree with forcing people to be vaccinated.

Another shopper posted: “Surely this will mean that unvaccinated staff with mild symptoms won’t test themselves and continue to work therefore increasing the risk of transmission in the store.”

A third said: “What about people’s human rights! Whether they have it or not. you can still catch covid being vaccinated – it just reduces the symptoms you get when you have Covid.”

Another stated: “I won’t shop there anymore then.”

But Ikea, Next and Ocado have already imposed similar rulings on their staff, reports Wales Online, and Ikea, in particular, was praised for trying to manage mass staff absences and rising costs.

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Morrisons’ chief executive Dave Potts first mentioned the policy in a conference call with investors in September.

It is believed the move is intended to encourage all staff to get jabbed, BBC reports.

In England, unvaccinated people must isolate for 10 days if they are a close contact of someone with Covid, even if they do not test positive themselves.

Some backed the supermarket’s decision.

“Great move. Well done,” one man posted on social media.

“They’re doing it for the safety of staff and customers, and I stand by that rule,” another comment reads.

Morrisons, which employs more than 100,000 staff, said its policy only applies to workers who are unvaccinated by choice, and each individual is treated on a case-by-case basis. Workers who cannot receive Covid vaccines for medical reasons are not obliged to isolate in England.

Express Online contacted Morrisons for a comment.

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