Isolation unpaid?

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Mon, 07/12/2020 - 18:02,
Staggeron Ultra

Tubeworker HQ has received reports of some station staff having Company Sick Pay withdrawn for periods of self-isolation, for extremely spurious reasons.

Although there's only a handful of cases of this type at the moment, they set a dangerous precedent. If workers can't be absolutely confident they'll be paid in full for periods of self-isolation, they may come to work rather than risk losing wages, putting themselves and those they come into contact with at risk.

LU's existing policy on sick pay also states that Company Sick Pay can only be permanently withdrawn following a Local Disciplinary Interview, which doesn't appear to have happened in these cases, so LU has breached its own policy as well as Covid best practise.

The RMT has rightly fought hard to extract a commitment from ABM that cleaners will be paid in full for self-isolation and Covid-related sickness. We may need to demand LU reaffirms a similar commitment for directly employed staff.

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