As the UK Government rejects the chance to raise sick pay levels, the STUC has warned that doing so risks the health of us all at this crucial time.
The UK Government last night published their response to the consultation on proposals to reduce ill-health related job loss. The consultation sought views on a range of measures related to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), but the Government maintained that the pandemic was “not the right time to introduce changes to the rate of SSP or its eligibility criteria”.
STUC General Secretary, Roz Foyer, stated:
“It is an absolute scandal that a global pandemic, where thousands of people need to isolate to keep us all safe, has not yet pushed the UK Government to increase our paltry sick pay levels.
“Sick pay is a public health issue. It will often determine whether a worker can self-isolate or not, and that should worry us all. For workers to properly follow the current guidance, support must be there for them to do so without falling into debt, missing rent payments or being unable to provide for themselves and their dependants.
“For many part time and insecure workers, sick pay isn’t even available to them. The UK Government is putting us all at risk by not tackling this glaring issue. This makes it all the more important that employers in Scotland provide fair work that delivers adequate levels of sick pay to all workers.”
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