Unite Scotland has today (25 August) welcomed the move by 2 Sisters Coupar Angus to pay all workers full pay for the current 14-day self-isolation period following constructive talks with the trade union.

Yesterday (24 August) the Scottish Government confirmed that the number of positive Covid-19 cases linked to the food processing plant has risen to 152. A total of 134 employees at the 2 Sisters factory have tested positive, plus 18 of their contacts, an increase of 42 from Sunday. The factory at Coupar Angus closed on 17 August following people connected to the factory testing positive for Covid-19. 

Unite remains disappointed on the lack of opportunity to take part in the decision-making process and lost the opportunity to discuss the financial implications prior to the suspension of process operations.  Unite reiterates our support to close the factory on health and safety grounds but believe that the workers deserved better than to be left waiting for over seven days to find out if they would receive wages at an already stressful time. 

Susan Robertson, Unite regional officer, said: “Unite welcomes the decision by 2 Sisters to agree that all workers receive full pay during the self-isolation period.  The workforce should not suffer any financial detriment bearing in mind their family members have had to self-isolate as well. It’s an imperative that this factory opens as soon as possible to ensure its long-term sustainability and Unite will work with 2 Sisters to ensure that the workplace is safe for when the workers return.”