TUC states Covid-19 Inquiry should investigate the flawed sick pay system
An analysis from Trade Union Congress (TUC) has discovered a quarter (23%) of the UK workforce relied on statutory sick pay (SSP) during the pandemic when they needed to self-isolate.
Having to self-isolate on SSP saw an average of a £418 decrease in an employee’s monthly earnings. This is a loss of £94 a week.
The TUC general secretary, Paul Nowak called for change and said the sick pay system was “an act of self-sabotage”.
He stated that “workers simply couldn’t afford to self-isolate. This pushed up infection rates, put a huge strain on our public services and ballooned the cost of Test and Trace. The UK entered the pandemic with the most miserly rate of sick pay in the OECD. This cost us dear.”