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Ikea ‘cuts sick pay’ for unjabbed staff in isolation after contact with Covid case

· Many companies have urged employees to get jabbed, with paid time off to get a vaccine. Covid-19 vaccines will be mandatory for more than two 
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Ikea ‘cuts sick pay’ for unjabbed staff in isolation after contact with Covid case

Ikea has cut the sick pay entitlement for some unjabbed staff if they are pinged and forced to self-isolate, it is claimed.

Unvaccinated Brits are required to quarantine for 10 days after close contact with a positive case.

But those employed by the furniture giant face as little as £96.35 a week in Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) – the legal minimum – in such circumstances, according to reports.

In comparison, the average pay of an Ikea shop floor staff member gets £10.10 an hour outside London and £11.30 inside it – or £404 and £452 in a basic working week.

As of last August, people in England who were double-jabbed no longer have to isolate if a close contact has Covid.

Are you an Ikea worker affected by this change? Let us know at webnews@mirror.co.uk

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But the unvaccinated are still required to do so.

Ikea employs more than 10,000 staff across the UK in 21 stores.

The firm said that “mitigating circumstances” would be considered in relation to SSP.

“We know this is a highly emotive topic and we appreciate there are many unique circumstances. As such, all will be considered on a case by case basis,” a spokesperson added.

The newspaper said Ikea later clarified that the policy only affects unvaccinated workers with “high levels of absence”.

Many companies have urged employees to get jabbed, with paid time off to get a vaccine.

Covid-19 vaccines will be mandatory for more than two million frontline health and care staff in England by next summer.

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The jab will be a “condition of deployment” for NHS workers.

The UK has a significant “anti-vax” movement – where people are wary of getting the coronavirus vaccine due to online conspiracy theories.

The NHS gives clear guidance that vaccinations do not cause certain developmental disabilities, nor do they overload the immune system.

The health service says they are the single most effective way of fighting against harmful diseases.

There is a key difference between your employer trying to force you to have a jab and your employer thinking you have a good reason to have it.

Katie Ash, head of employment law at Banner Jones Solicitors, explained: “In simple terms, your boss probably won’t be able to force you to have the vaccination.

“Employers do have a legal obligation to protect the health and wellbeing of their employees, and in some cases, such as where staff are coming into contact with many people in ways that pose high risks, they may strongly encourage you to be vaccinated to keep you safe.

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“However, making vaccination mandatory could go against individual human rights. Medical intervention of this kind requires consent.

“If your employer forced you to have the immunisation under duress, you may be able to take legal action against them.”

An Ikea spokesperson told the Mirror: “Since the start of the pandemic, the health and safety of our co-workers has been our highest priority.

“Since then, IKEA has been working with a separate absence addendum, which is regularly reviewed in line with changes to Government guidance. Following the vaccine roll out and changes in the Government’s isolation requirements, our approach to COVID-related absences evolved from the 20th September 2021 – an approach developed with our social partners and national co-worker committee.

“Fully vaccinated co-workers or those that are unvaccinated owing to mitigating circumstances which, for example, could include pregnancy or other medical grounds, will receive full pay.

“Unvaccinated co-workers without mitigating circumstances that test positive with COVID will be paid full company sick pay in line with our company absence policy. Unvaccinated co-workers without mitigating circumstances who have been identified as close contacts of a positive case will be paid Statutory Sick Pay.

“We know this is a highly emotive topic and we appreciate there are many unique circumstances. As such, all will be considered on a case by case basis.”

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