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Wilko plans to slash sick pay will be opposed by union

RETAILER Wilko’s attempts to slash sick pay for tens of thousands of workers will be resisted by GMB, the union vowed today.

Wilko — formerly Wilkinson — operates a nationwide chain of stores and distribution centres selling household goods.

The firm has a turnover of more than £1.5 billion and employs more than 21,000 workers.

As the coronavirus continues to spread, with a growing number of people taking time off work to self-isolate, Wilko announced that it is to cut sick pay from April.

GMB national officer Gary Carter said: “GMB members are furious that Wilko would turn on its dedicated workforce and slash company sick pay. What has Wilko become?

“This will have a negative impact on the business, while hard-working employees will be pushed into poverty because they won’t be able to pay their bills if they are sick.”

He said staff would be forced to work while ill.

“GMB members are rightly going to fight this and their union will support them,” Mr Carter said.

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