Ikea cuts sick pay for unvaccinated staff forced to self-isolate

The company said it was a 'highly emotive topic'.

Ikea cuts sick pay for unvaccinated staff forced to self-isolate virtualphoto via iStock
Ikea has three locations in Scotland - Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Ikea has cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff who need to self-isolate due to Covid.

The retailer is the latest in a number of businesses that are adapting their policies amid the changing circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead of their normal sick pay being equal to a full wage, workers could lose out on hundreds of pounds and get as little as £96.35 a week – the minimum Statutory Sick Pay.

Ikea said those who have not been jabbed due to mitigating circumstances, including pregnancy or other medical grounds, will get full pay.

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The company said it understood the “highly emotive topic” which will affect staff in its three Scottish locations – Glasgow, Edinburgh and its order and collection point in Aberdeen.

In Scotland, those who test positive for Covid-19 must self-isolate for at least seven days.

Any close contact who is not fully vaccinated with three doses still has to self-isolate for ten days and take a PCR test.

An Ikea spokesperson said: “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.

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“Following the vaccine roll out and changes in the Government’s isolation requirements, our approach to Covid-related absences evolved from the September 20, 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.”