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Wilko attacks keyworker heroes by cutting sick pay

25 Jan 2021
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GMB has informed Wilko that if these draconian measures go ahead, they face a ballot for industrial action

High street retailer Wilko has ‘rewarded’ its keyworker heroes by cutting their sick pay, GMB has said.

The discount high street chain remained open throughout the pandemic thanks to the hard work and dedication of their employees - and remained open on Boxing Day unlike many other retailers.

Wilko has repaid this loyalty by announcing devastating cuts to the sick pay of their staff.

Currently Wilko employees are entitled to up to four occasions of sickness on company sick pay before reverting to the first three days of sick leave unpaid.

But from the February 1, if a Wilko employee has a single day of sickness they will have no further entitlement to company sick pay for the next 12 months.

Many of these workers are on minimum wage, low hours and also have no entitlement to statutory sick pay which will leave them with no income if they become ill.

Roger Jenkins, GMB National Officer, said:

“Loyal Wilko workers have grafted throughout this pandemic - putting themselves and their families at risk to keep stores open.

“Along with other retail workers, they’ve had to deal with a lack of social distancing, increased threats and abuse from customers.

"Wilko should be rewarding their commitment - but instead they’ve threatened to slash their sickness benefit.

“Wilko should hang their heads in shame.

“GMB will not tolerate this abuse of keyworkers and has informed Wilko that if these draconian measures go ahead, they face a ballot for industrial action.

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