Ikea to cut sickness benefit to its unvaccinated UK employees who have to isolate themselves

Global home products giant Ikea is reducing sickness benefit to its unvaccinated employees who have to isolate themselves after close contact with someone infected with the coronavirus. In this way, those who have chosen not to be vaccinated will see their income reduced to just over 96 pounds (115 euros) per week – the legal minimum – during the 10 days that the quarantine lasts. That amount is less than a quarter of their usual median salary, an even bigger difference for Ikea workers in London, who charge more to offset the higher cost of living in the capital. The Ikea staff, which has 21 stores on British soil, is made up of about 10,000 people.

The case of the Swedish multinational, ahead of the newspaper The Mail on Sunday, It is the most iconic but not the only one. In recent weeks, other companies such as the Morrisons supermarket chain or the water distribution and sewerage management firm Wessex Water have also taken measures in the same direction: that vaccinated people feel in their pockets the decision not to have protected themselves against the effects. more severe coronavirus infection.

In the United Kingdom, those who have completed the double vaccination schedule are not required to self-isolate after having been in close contact with a positive for covid-19. Not so those who have not done so, who by law have to stay at home for a minimum of 10 days.

“We are aware that this is an emotional matter and all circumstances will be analyzed on a case-by-case basis. Anyone who has doubts or is concerned about their own situation can speak to their manager ”, a company spokesperson stressed. The Mail on Sunday. After the news was revealed, Ikea added that the measure will only apply to unvaccinated workers with “high levels of absenteeism”, without specifying further details.

Before making this determination, Ikea, like Banco Santander or the supermarket firm Asda, had granted its employees in the United Kingdom paid time off to go to get vaccinated during their working day.

83% of residents in the British Isles have received both doses of the covid vaccine, while slightly more than 90% have done so with the first. The percentage of those who also have the reinforcement falls to 62%.

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