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To: UK Government

#SickPayForAll: Guarantee decent sick pay for every worker

It shouldn’t take a pandemic to resolve the inequality of sick pay. But coronavirus shows why decent sick pay should be a right for everybody.

The government has listened to unions and temporarily removed the 3 day wait for many. But this doesn't go far enough.

At just £95.85 a week, statutory sick pay in the UK isn't enough to live on - and 2 million people don't earn enough to qualify. The government’s plan for NHS Track and Trace has a huge flaw. Asking people to self-isolate is not going to work if they are plunged into financial hardship.

The government should introduce emergency legislation that:
- Scraps the minimum earnings threshold for statutory sick pay
- Ensures that sick pay is paid to workers having to self-isolate
- Increases the weekly level of sick pay to at least the level of the real Living Wage - £320 per week
- Provide funds to ensure employers can afford to pay sick pay, and provide additional support to those who miss out

Why is this important?

Workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak could have to go into quarantine or self-isolation to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Right now millions of UK workers don’t earn enough to get this protection. And even those that do have to be off sick for at least three days before they get paid.

And workers with existing sick pay schemes should be paid at the full rate offered by the employer while in isolation, and not be considered as on annual or unpaid leave.

No one should worry about falling into debt or struggling to pay their bills when they’re ill or have to self-isolate.

If people aren't compensated for the time spent at home, the risk people go to work and spread the illness increases.

Nearly 2 million UK workers do not qualify for statutory sick pay, including 1 in 10 working women and 23% of zero-hours contract workers.

Currently, workers need to have been off work sick for 4 or more days in a row to receive the payment. And people who earn less than £118 a week don’t qualify for statutory sick pay.

The government must ensure everyone gets decent sick pay, however much they earn.

Reasons for signing

  • It’s the right and decent thing to do
  • It's only fair
  • as I think all workers should receive sickpay


2020-03-13 22:42:48 +0000

20,000 signatures reached

2020-03-12 10:17:22 +0000

There were positives in the Budget on protecting working people from Coronavirus and its economic impact. But the plans still fall short.

As we've called for, sick pay will be available from the first day someone's sick or self-isolating, not the existing four day wait. Those caring for someone self-isolating with symptoms will be eligible & there'll be an online process to prove you’ve been asked to self-isolate.

But rather than extending sick pay to the nearly 2 million who don’t earn enough to qualify, the Chancellor told them to seek benefits instead.

And while he announced minor improvements to it, the benefit system isn’t fit to provide the support needed:

* There’s a 5 week wait for the main benefit, Universal Credit.
* Many people miss out on UC due to savings rules.
* The level of benefits is even lower than sick pay. ESA is just £73.10 a week.

Please keep sharing this petition and help keep up the pressure for deeper changes that don't leave workers behind.

2020-03-09 16:24:54 +0000

Can you help us get #SickPayForAll into the budget this Wednesday? Send your MP an email now with our online tool and help us keep the pressure on for genuine changes to UK sick pay that will benefit all workers

2020-03-09 09:00:01 +0000

Changing the rules so statutory sick pay kicks in from day one instead of day four is a big win for union campaigning, but it still won't help the 2 million people who don't earn enough to qualify for SSP.

Find out more here about what we need to see in the government's emergency legislation

And please keep signing and sharing this petition. We can build on this win to get something that helps every worker from day one.

2020-03-04 12:26:30 +0000


The Prime Minister has given in to our demand for #SickPayFromDayOne for everyone who qualifies.

This is progress, but we need more. 2 million don't earn enough to get statutory sick pay and it's too low to live on.

2020-03-02 18:41:20 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2020-02-28 15:45:00 +0000

1,000 signatures reached