PMQs: CORONAVIRUS AND SICK PAY

11th March 2020

With Coronavirus cases in the UK rising, workers are understandably worried about being able to take time off work. In the UK, only those who are eligible for statutory sick pay will receive it and they will receive a meagre £94.25 per week. Self-employed workers and those on zero hour contracts are being left to fend for themselves.

🇮🇪 Ireland has recently raised SSP to £266 per week – for employed and self-employed workers.

Other EU states are outperforming the UK on SSP:
🇩🇪 Germany – £287
🇸🇪 Sweden – £230
🇳🇱 Netherlands – £201
🇪🇸 Spain – £121
🇦🇹 Austria – £287

🇬🇧 The UK is one of the richest countries in the world, yet the UK Government is forcing people to choose between working while ill or surviving on £94 per week.

This Tory UK Government is a government of the rich and of big business. Hardworking people deserve respect and dignity. This is now also a matter of public health. The UK Government must bring SSP in line with AT LEAST the EU average.