GMB, the union for social care staff, is calling for staff to receive full pay when sick, after a survey revealed 81% of social care workers felt they would be forced into work if they became ill on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).
Social care workers are only entitled to £95.85 per week of SSP when they become ill meaning some people can be as much as £250 out of pocket per week.
The survey also revealed 80% of respondents would be forced to consider borrowing money from friends or family whilst on SSP.
GMB’s Care Full Pay campaign calls on care providers and the Government to ensure full sick pay is introduced for care staff, particularly with the Government’s COVID-19 guidance that sick care staff should adhere to strict self-isolation and stay away from the workplace.
Rachel Harrison, GMB national officer says: “Workers in a healthcare setting on statutory sick pay is an infection control risk. Most social care staff simply cannot afford to be sick under the current SSP arrangements. They are being presented with a terrible choice and getting penalised with poverty sick pay just for doing the right thing.
“The Statutory Sick Pay system represents a significant risk, heightened during a pandemic”.
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