The STUC today said that it was entering talks with the Scottish Government to ensure the best possible support for workers and businesses in containing the corona virus outbreak.
It also called for immediate action by the UK Government to:
Allow access to sick pay from day one and remove the qualifying wage of £114 per week to be able to claim sick pay
Significantly increase sick pay from its current level of £94.25 per week
Bring in immediate safeguards for workers such as those in the gig economy who are deemed as self-employed or are on zero or short hours contracts.
Speaking on BBC Good Morning Scotland, STUC General Secretary, Dave Moxham highlighted the risk of ‘presenteeism’ where workers might be discouraged from self-isolating because of their financial circumstances or other workplace pressures.
'We know that at keast 2 million workers are not covered by statutory sick pay. It is outrageus that it takes a situation like this to shine a light on this. There are hundreds of thousands of other workers who are effectively denied protection because od their employment status. The UK Goverment must act now for the sake of those workers and for wider public health reasons'