GMB NAMES AND SHAMES 14 CARE PROVIDERS NOT PAYING COVID SICK PAY

12 Sep 2021

GMB NAMES AND SHAMES 14 CARE PROVIDERS NOT PAYING COVID SICK PAY

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GMB NAMES AND SHAMES 14 CARE PROVIDERS NOT PAYING COVID SICK PAY
So many care providers choosing not to pay full pay for at least 15,000 care home workers is a disgrace, says GMB Union

GMB union has named and shamed 14 top UK care providers who refuse to pay care workers full pay if they are off with coronavirus. 

At least 15,000 carers work for these companies - and if any is forced to take time off for self-isolation or because they contract covid, they will be left to make ends meet on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) of just £95 a week. [See note 1 for list of care companies not paying sick pay]. 

The UK’s rate of SSP is lower than every EU country apart from Malta [2] – and GMB research indicates SSP leaves carers up to £250 a week worse off. [3] 

The union says this represents a significant infection control risk, leaving carers the impossible choice between keeping residents safe by staying home, or being able to pay the rent by going into work – even if sick. 

GMB has today officially launched www.wedontpaysickpay.com an online tool allowing the public to check the covid sick pay status of some UK care providers. 

Pressure from GMB has seen major care providers such as HC One and Four Seasons Health Care agreeing to pay full covid sick pay for tens of thousands of carers. 

More than 8,500 people have already signed the GMBs open letter to Care Minister Helen Whatley MP demanding the Government do more to tackle care providers not ensuring full pay for care staff off with covid. [4] 

Rachel Harrison, GMB National Officer, said: 

"The covid crisis has exposed Statutory Sick Pay as utterly inadequate for all workers – never mind carers working for the most vulnerable people in society. 

“The fact so many care providers choose not to pay full pay for care home workers off with covid – despite support being available – is a disgrace. 

"Too many care workers are simply unable to afford being off work due to being pushed onto poverty pay in the form of SSP. 

“This new tool is a roll-call of risk, identifying which of the UKs biggest care providers are taking this issue seriously.”  

ENDS

Notes: 

[1]  

MINSTER CARE GROUP 

SSP 

AKARI CARE 

SSP 

COUNTRYWIDE CARE HOMES 

SSP 

CARE UK 

SSP 

BELSIZE HEALTHCARE 

SSP 

BONDCARE GROUP 

SSP 

RUNWOOD HOMES LTD 

SSP 

AUTISM EAST MIDLANDS 

SSP 

ADVINIA HEALTHCARE 

SSP 

AVERY HEALTHCARE GROUP 

SSP 

ROSEBERRY CARE HOMES 

SSP 

THE PRIORY GROUP 

SSP 

MENCAP LTD 

SSP 

BUPA CARE HOMES 

SSP 

SANCTUARY GROUP 

SSP 

 

  

[2] www.tuc.org.uk/research-analysis/reports/sick-pay-works 

[3] www.gmb.org.uk/news/over-80-care-staff-could-be-forced-work-when-ill-poverty-sick-pay 

[4] www.gmb.org.uk/care-pay 

  • In  a recent GMB study 7%  care staff in the union agreed that “Reducing my pay to Statutory Sick Pay whilst unwell would make me more inclined to return to work before I am ready” 

 

  • 84% care workers thought being put on Statutory Sick Pay would force them to consider borrowing off friends and family or taking on debt to make ends meet 

  

  • The survey took place in July and August 2020 across the GMB Unions national care membership. 

 

  • The GMB has written to care providers asking for this information. It could be that this employer hasn’t responded to our requests for information on Covid-19 sick pay.  

 

 

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