'We appreciate that this is an emotive topic and all circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis'
Ikea is cutting the sick pay of unvaccinated staff in the U.K. who are forced to self-isolate due to COVID-19.
In England, people who are vaccinated with at least two doses are not required to self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19. But unvaccinated people contacted through the government's test-and-trace system must still isolate, by law.
“Fully vaccinated co-workers or those with mitigating circumstances will receive full pay for self-isolations,” according to an Ikea statement from several media reports
"Unvaccinated co-workers will be paid in line with our company absence policy for self-isolation, with close-contact isolation being paid at statutory sick pay.”
This means that workers can receive roughly $165 per week, with average pay at Ikea between $686 and $772 per week, depending on location, according to the reports.
Earlier, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) said that the federal government should not discipline or terminate the employment of public service workers who refuse to take COVID-19 vaccine shots.
But there may be considerations for some affected workers, according to Ikea.
"We appreciate that this is an emotive topic and all circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis, therefore, anyone in doubt or concerned about their situation is encouraged to speak to their manager."