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UK: unions attack 'paltry' sick pay for self-isolating couriers

By The Guardian

In the UK, unions representing gig workers have attacked “paltry” offers of sick pay for delivery couriers affected by the Coronavirus, The Guardian reports.

DPD offered its 5,000 couriers statutory sick pay of £94.25 a week while Hermes with about 15,000 self-employed parcel couriers will only pay £20 a day to drivers if they need to self-isolate and only if they typically earn less than £90 a day.

The Guardian reports that GMB trade union said it was irresponsible that companies which use the gig economy model “put courier safety and public health at risk by creating disincentives to self-isolation”.


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