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

By Kirstie McCrum & Kirsty Bosley

Ocado has become the latest retailer to tell unvaccinated staff members their sick pay will be cut if they're told to self-isolate.

Staff at the food delivery service will receive Statutory Sick Pay the minimum available, which is of £96.35 a week, BirminghamLive has reported.

The announcement follows similar measures from firms including Next, Morrisons and Ikea as the rise of the Omicron variant pushes staff absences up.

This week, Tesco announced that it would be keeping on 13,000 Christmas temporary workers to cover for staff shortages.

Self-isolation guidance was amended last month, with vaccinated people who have been exposed to a positive case told that they no longer need to isolate.

However, those who haven't had the jab are required to self-isolate for ten full days if they've been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Many who do not wish to be vaccinated have taken to social media to criticise the decision of businesses who cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff.

Twitter user Free Spirit Mama @FreeSpiritMama3 wrote: "Further to the news today that #Ocado has decided to cut sick pay for staff who have chosen not to take the experimental and ineffective therapeutic for Covid-19, a decision which is not rational but purely coercive, I have decided to take my business elsewhere.

"#Ocado will recognise that "unvaccinated" staff have enabled the company to make significant profits throughout this pandemic, often putting themselves at risk & by treating them with such contempt #Ocado is unworthy of my support."

John Hundeslit @Johnhundeslit added: "If we condone companies like @IKEAUK, @nextofficial and @Ocado reducing the amount of sick pay they give to unvaccinated employees, how long before this is extended to other 'voluntary' medical conditions?

"Is this really a wise precedent to be setting?"


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