IKEA ‘Cuts Sick Pay For Unvaccinated Staff Forced To Self-Isolate’

IKEA has reportedly announced that it has 'cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff who are forced to self-isolate'. 
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IKEA has reportedly announced that it has ‘cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff who are forced to self-isolate’. 

According to reports, the Swedish homeware giant will now only pay its workers statutory sick pay – which is £96.35 a week.

Following the announcement, a spokesperson has reportedly said: “We know this is a highly emotive topic and we appreciate there are many unique circumstances.

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IKEA has reportedly announced that it has ‘cut sick pick for unvaccinated staff who are forced to self-isolate’. Credit: Unsplash

“As such, all will be considered on a case by case basis.”

It added that any unvaccinated employees who test positive for Covid will ‘still receive the full company’s sick pay,’ and so will staff who haven’t had the vaccine ‘due to mitigating circumstances,’ which could include ‘pregnancy or other medical grounds’. 

It’s believed that a full-time staff member of IKEA earns around £400 a week, for 40 hours of work. Currently, around 10,000 people are employed by the furniture giant in the UK.

IKEA’s policy was first reported by the Mail on Sunday and is thought to have come into effect in September of last year.

However, it’s not the only business to have introduced this kind of move.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Wessex Water, a water supply and sewerage utility company, also introduced a similar policy.

Apparently, its unvaccinated employees – who have come into close contact with someone who has Covid – will only receive statutory sick pay, if they don’t have a valid medical reason for not having the jab.

As well as providing water for people around the southwest of England, the company employs over 2,500 people.

A spokesperson stated: “The vast majority of our workforce has been vaccinated and it’s important as a company providing essential services with key worker employees, the remainder get vaccinated to protect themselves.”

They added that Covid related absences had doubled in the past number of weeks, with almost 4% of the entire workforce being forced to take time off.

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