Next Retail has just slashed sick pay for unvaccinated staff that are forced to isolate due to Coronavirus according to multiple news outlets. The retailer made this decision due to mass absences due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant.
Unvaccinated staff who are required to isolate after being identified as someone in close contact with another person with Covid will now only receive the statutory sick pay of £96.35 week which is the minimum Statutory Sick.
This moves follows a similar by IKEA who announced that their unvaccinated employees forced to isolate will see their sick pay slashed. This move has caused a major outcry on social media with the hashtag, #boycottnext trending.
Next acknowledged it was an “emotive topic” but said it had to balance staff and shareholder needs. Next currently pays store sales consultants and stock assistants between £6.55 and £9.21 an hour and warehouse operatives between £9.30 and £11.26 an hour.