Morrisons, IKEA and Next

Morrisons, IKEA and Next

Back in September 2021 I commented on how Morrisons supermarket had took it upon themselves to specifically penalise employees who took sick leave and were not vaccinated:

Morrisons Supermarket Dishing Out Sick Pay Cuts to the Unvaccinated

Since then IKEA adopted the same policy, and now Next;

Next cuts sick pay for unvaccinated staff who are self-isolating, Guardian, 13th of January 2022.

Since Morrisons took this decision I've made a point of not visiting the store, to buy either goods or petrol. I'll do the same now for Next, not that I ever went there anyway before. I've always had a policy of not shopping at IKEA because they are big time tax evaders, moving all funds through a complex system of Dutch charities - so much for the right-on Swedes!

Ocado Join the Vaccine Inequality Gang

Another company to avoid if you believe in freedom of expression is Ocado who have also signed up to discriminating between employees based on personal medical data:

Can employers cut contractual sick pay for unvaccinated employees required to self-isolate due to close contact with a positive COVID-19 case?, shlegal, 20th of January 2022.

Good On John Lewis!

But good on John Lewis for showing some sense and publicly stating that they refuse to discriminate between employees who have decided that vaccination is not for them:

John Lewis moves to distance itself from high street rivals and reassure staff it will offer sick pay regardless of their Covid vaccination status, This is Money, 22nd of January 2022.

John Lewis group operations director Andrew Murphy stated:

"We just don't believe it's right to create a link between a partner's vaccination status and the pay they receive. When life increasingly seems to present opportunities to create division – and with hopes rising that the pandemic phase of Covid may be coming to an end – we're confident that this is the right approach."