Call for employers to pay up
04 March 2020
THE TUC has called on employers to support workers affected by the Coronavirus.
The union body says those forced to self-isolate because of the virus and those who become ill should not lose out on pay.
The TUC is urging bosses to:
- pay workers sick pay
- keep staff up to date with the latest information from Public Health England
- allow workers time off to seek medical advice especially if they feel they are developing symptoms
The TUC says that at present many people are at risk of getting no financial support when sick because their earnings are too low.
Nearly 2 million UK workers do not earn enough to qualify for statutory sick pay, including 1 in 10 working women.
People in insecure work are even more likely to miss out. Nearly a quarter (23%) of zero-hours contract workers don’t earn enough to get the protection.
The TUC has called for the minimum earnings threshold for statutory sick pay to be scrapped.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said, “Employers have a duty of care to support workers affected by Coronavirus.
“No one should have to worry about making ends meet if they have to self-isolate or if they fall ill. They should be able to focus on getting better.
“The threat of coronavirus shows why sick pay should be a day one right for everybody. It’s not right that millions of UK workers miss out on this protection. The government must ensure everyone gets statutory sick pay, however much they earn.”