Rowan reversal of sick pay stance good news in fight against Covid19
- Thursday 9 July 2020
Unite the Union has met with senior management of Rowan Foods along with Wrexham Council regarding the Covid-19 outbreak amongst the companies workforce. Unite is pleased to confirm that the company now propose to pay Company Sick Pay backdated till June 1st for any Covid-19 positive tested and isolating employees.
Dave Griffiths, Unite Regional Officer commented;
“Unite believes that the payment of sick pay for Covid affected workers at Rowan Foods will help enormously in containing this outbreak and limiting wider community spread.
Unite has requested that our talks continue with Rowan Foods in line with recent Welsh Government guidance. We are seeking urgent answers from Public Health Wales as to how one site had over 300 recorded infections if the site was not, as they state, the source of the infection. This suggests that a wider public health issue is ongoing in the community.
Our focus remains on the workers and the agency staff who will not receive this Company Sick Pay and their safety. Unite welcomes the first positive meeting with the employer and hopes to continue to work closely with it regarding this issue in the coming weeks and months”.
For further information please contact Glyn Conolly on 07974 131771
Notes to editors
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.