Ocado is latest business to slash sick pay for unvaccinated workers exposed to Covid

Ocado is the latest retailer to tell unvaccinated employees their sick pay will be cut if they are told to self-isolate.

Food delivery workers receive statutory sick pay at the minimum available amount of £96.35 per week. BirminghamLive reported.

The announcement follows similar actions by the likes of Next, Morrisons and Ikea, as the rise of the Omicron variant drives absenteeism.

This week Tesco announced it would keep 13,000 Christmas workers to fill staffing shortages.

Guidance on self-isolation was changed last month, with vaccinated people who have been exposed to a positive case told they no longer need to isolate themselves.

However, those who have not had the vaccine will have to self-isolate for 10 full days if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Many who do not wish to be vaccinated have taken to social media to criticize companies’ decision to cut sick pay for unvaccinated employees.

Twitter user Free Spirit Mama @FreeSpiritMama3 wrote: “In addition to today’s news that #Ocado has decided to cut sick pay for employees who have chosen not to take the experimental and ineffective therapeutic for Covid-19, a Decision that is not rational but purely forced, I decided to take my business elsewhere.

“#Ocado will recognize that ‘unvaccinated’ employees have enabled the company to generate significant profits during this pandemic, often put themselves at risk and treat them with such contempt that #Ocado is not worthy of my support.”

John Hundeslit @Johnhundeslit added: “If we condone companies like @IKEAUK, @nextofficial and @Ocado reducing the sick pay they pay unvaccinated employees, how long before this is extended to other ‘voluntary’ illnesses?

“Is that really a wise precedent?”

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