// Morrisons cuts sick pay for unvaccinated staff
// Covid-positive staff get full sick pay regardless of vaccination status
Morrisons has confirmed it has cut sick pay for unvaccinated workers who have to isolate after being exposed to Covid-19.
Unvaccinated workers who are forced to isolate but test negative now get statutory sick pay of £96.35 a week.
Covid-positive staff get full sick pay regardless of vaccination status.
Morrisons pays staff at least £10 per hour.
The move comes after Ikea, Next and Ocado cut sick pay due to increased staff absences.
Morrisons chief executive David Potts had announced the move in September in an effort to tackle the “biblical costs” of the pandemic.
Under Morrisons’ policy, if NHS Test and Trace informs an unvaccinated worker that they have been exposed to Covid-19, they will only get statutory sick pay – the legal minimum – when they isolate.
In England, unvaccinated people must isolate for 10 days if they are a close contact of someone with Covid, even if they do not test positive themselves.
However, any Morrisons employee who tests positive is paid full sick pay while they isolate, regardless of vaccination status.
Morrisons said its policy only applies to workers who are unvaccinated by choice.