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Unite Briefing: Impact of #COVID19 on women



The impact of COVID-19 has been unequal and Unite workplace reps have been on the front line.



We have a case reported on this website; “Female worker comes to the end of a period of sickness during the pandemic. Health conditions put her at raised risk. She is also older and from a BAME background. Her normal job would expose her to further increased risk. Rather than furlough her or find her alternative work the employer simply stops her pay without going through any personnel procedure. Management reject appeals to senior levels from Unite leaving the worker without income and desperate for twenty-one weeks.”


Not living up to fine words


That was a worker at St Mungos. The worker has now been furloughed but is massively out of pocket for the unpaid period. Organisations like St Mungo’s produce impressive statements on equalities, and in St Mungo’s case the CEO Steve Douglas, presents himself as an expert on equalities but the experience of their front-line staff is that they do not live up to the fine words.


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