Coronavirus: Affected Superdrug, Perfume Shop staff to be paid in full

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Coronavirus: Affected Superdrug, Perfume Shop & Savers staff paid in full AS Watson
AS Watson said all Superdrug and Savers high street stores would remain open for the foreseeable future.
// AS Watson announces £40m support package for Superdrug, Savers & The Perfume Shop staff affected by coronavirus
// Includes full pay for parents unable to work remotely and for anyone unable to work due to sickness or self-isolation
// AS Watson will also honour all pay increases and bonuses that are due in March & April

AS Watson has announced an employee support package of £40 million to help Superdrug, Savers and The Perfume Shop staff battle through the coronavirus pandemic.

The package includes full pay for parents who are unable to work remotely or in another business situation, due to school closures, effective from March 23.

It will includes full pay for anyone unable to work due to sickness or self-isolation, including vulnerable members of staff, which would be backdated to March 16.


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Meanwhile, AS Watson said employees affected by distribution centre, service or store closures would be either redeployed in the business or where that’s not possible, paid in full.

The Hong Kong-based health and beauty conglomerate also said it would honour all pay increases and bonuses that are due in March and April.

The company also said in its statement that all Superdrug and Savers high street stores would remain open for the foreseeable future, and acknowledged a surge in online orders.

“With over 18,000 employees and 1550 stores across the three retail brands, the support package is developed based on the principle that no member of staff should be worse off financially because of the crisis,” AS Watson Europe chief executive Malina Ngai said.

“In this challenging time, our top priority is to look after our people and our customers.

“Our brands are built by our people. Without their hard work and dedication, we would not be able to serve our customers so well.

“Financially, it’s not an easy decision but it is the right decision under such circumstances.”

AS Watson UK health & beauty chief executive Peter Macnab said: “The support package aims to give our colleagues financial reassurance.

“They are working very hard to keep our stores open and to ensure customers’ online purchases are delivered.

“We are incredibly proud of our teams who are dedicated to ensuring our customers can continue to access important health and personal care essentials, as well as prescriptions, in such unprecedented times.”

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14 COMMENTS

  1. My daughter works part time in Superdrug store without a pharmacy. These stores should shut down NOW. I am worried sick that she has to go to work this Wednesday.

  2. I work in a Superdrug without a pharmacy and totally agree, hair dye and makeup are not ‘critical to the covid19 response’. The whole situation is absolutely ridiculous. I assume the higher ups are safely working from home, they just care about us workers on the front line filling their pockets rather than the health and wellbeing of their staff

    • Only actually nhs pharmacies and Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s etc should stay open on curfew hours I am going out everyday with risk of become ill worse off taken it home to my family

  3. If you really cared about your staff you would close ALL non essential stores now. It is very stressful when staff have to stand and watch people behave recklessly . Tomorrow may be too late

  4. I work at savers and I have kids And I am not just putting myself at danger but children and my other family members that are helping me with babysitting if I say I’m not coming in because I want to stay safe it’s either no pay or get the sack which is so unfair so I am risking my life and my families for a cheque please if you care about us close the shops Tesco Morrison’s etc are the important stores that needs to remain open. Please

  5. I work in superdrug (in a store without a pharmacy) and I agree, I love my job however we are in scary times at the moment, I don’t want to risk my health or that of others. I have to travel using public transport too which is an even higher risk. Shelves are empty of key essentials and customers are browsing, buying eyelashes and hair dye. It’s awful. I think superdrug should close or Only pharmacy stores remain open. Think of the well-being of staff.

  6. I work in superdrug (in a store without a pharmacy) and I agree, I love my job however we are in scary times at the moment, I don’t want to risk my health or that of others. I have to travel using public transport too which is an even higher risk. Shelves are empty of key essentials and customers are browsing, buying eyelashes and hair dye. It’s awful. I think superdrug should close or Only pharmacy stores remain open. Think of the well-being of staff.

  7. I work in superdrug (in a store without a pharmacy) and I agree, I love my job however we are in scary times at the moment, I don’t want to risk my health or that of others over eyelashes. I have to travel using public transport too which is High risk. It’s awful. Only pharmacy stores should remain open. Think of the staff.

  8. I work in superdrug (Not a pharmacy store) and I agree, I love my job however we are in scary times at the moment, I don’t want to risk my health or that of others over eyelashes. I have to travel using public transport too which is High risk. It’s awful. Only pharmacy stores should remain open. Think of the staff.

  9. I work in a Superdrug without pharmacy too, all management care about is money. Even in a apocalypse they would still be open. Already on minimum wage we workers will not be paid in full on 8 hour contracts doing 30 hours overtime regularly. All stores should shut down and all workers paid full time. Disgraceful how profit is put before health and safety of frontline workers and customers.

  10. Really anxious about going into work today…. having to send my children into school , which worries me. I feel that’s nothing has changed for me ….. am I putting myself and my children at risk so I can go to work? Please close some of those smaller Savers stores.

  11. I fully agree with all the comments.How can the staff be safe as savers and superdrug are mostly small shops in term of size.How do u expect the staffs to keep their distance from others.As watsons just want money and carelessly put the staffs and their family life at risk.I am so glad I left savers.

  12. These shops are not essential and are putting staff and customers life at risk unnecessarily. Government should step in and insist non prescribing Pharmacy close in line with Government advice.

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