GMB has welcomed the change of heart by Amey senior management after the CEO of the infrastructure support service provider, Amanda Fisher, wrote to staff to inform them that following GMB raising the matter with the company they had reviewed their policy and would now pay any staff affected by the Covid-19 virus full pay if they are ill or self-isolated.
GMB Reps, including Paul Thompson in the water industry, lobbied hard on behalf of our members to bring about this result when the company had previously informed staff they would only receive SSP.
Amanda Fisher wrote:
“… We are grateful that the GMB has brought the issue around statutory sick pay for those affected by Covid-19 to our attention. We take pride in our employees being the driving force behind our business and we realise that on this occasion we got it wrong, for which we apologise… This will also apply retrospectively to those that have taken time off due to the virus in the past few weeks”.