United Kingdom-based outsourced contractor Amey has announced full pay, backdated where necessary, for workers off sick with the Coronavirus or absent through self-isolation during the pandemic.
The decision follows a policy review held after the trade union GMB London raising the issue in relating to refuse collection staff – but it applies to all employees within Amey, which provides secure infrastructure, transport infrastructure, consulting, utilities and waste management services.
Previously, employees affected by Coronavirus had been eligible only for statutory sick pay.
In the statement, Amey said: “COVID-19 has created a national crisis and these are unprecedented, fast-changing times through which we are working to support all our employees as best we can.
“We are grateful that the GMB and Unite have brought the issue around statutory sick pay for those affected by COVID-19 to our attention. We take pride in our employees being the driving force behind our business and we realise that on this occasion we got it wrong, for which we apologise.
“We have conducted an immediate review of our policy and can announce that any employee who is affected by COVID-19 – because they are sick or are self-isolating - will not be penalised for the effects of Coronavirus. They will now receive full pay rather than statutory sick pay with immediate effect. This will also apply retrospectively to those that have taken time off due to the virus in the past few weeks.
“This decision has been made to help protect our employees in the current Coronavirus pandemic, and ensure we are following government guidelines for keeping employees safe from the unnecessary spread of infection.
“We are immensely proud of all our employees, many of whom are continuing to deliver essential services that are keeping our country going in an extremely difficult time.”
GMB London region senior organiser Keith Williams said the union welcomed the decision.