UK Mail and DPD, for example, passed on the cost of finding replacement drivers to those workers who have, unfortunately, been injured or sick. I want to prevent this from being a normalised practice throughout all industries. This should be stemmed now before more businesses feel this to be an appropriate measure.
Why is this important?
There is a climate of fear and insecurity in all areas of employment this, opportunistic, cynical attempt to off-set costs will add to that. Furthermore, workers should not be given a double penalty: lost wages plus the burden of paying for cover while they are sick. No businesses should feel this is an acceptable response. This is a chance for the government to demonstrate a modicum of support for struggling workers.