Following months of GMB campaigning we are pleased to confirm that G4S has now reached an agreement with the DWP which will allow them to pay full pay for ten working days to staff who are identified via test, track and trace or who test positive for Covid.
G4S have now confirmed that employees who test positive for COVID-19 will continue to be paid their daily contractual hours as per their terms and conditions of employment for the 14 days of isolation up to a maximum of 10 working days on provision of confirmation of a positive test result (usually an email or text from the testing service).
G4S employees who are self-isolating as a result of being in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (confirmed through test and trace contact) will continue to be paid their daily contractual hours as per their terms and conditions of employment for the 14 days of isolation up to a maximum of 10 working days but only on provision of a copy of the confirmed case notification.
The GMB welcomes the improvements for sick pay arrangements but believes they are limited in scope and require improvement. The complete breakdown in both the government’s test and tracing programmes will mean positive cases and those in contact with positive cases are less likely to be identified in a timely manner. The breakdown in the system clearly poses issues for staff who are required to provide evidence of a positive result in order to receive full pay.
G4S employees subject to national or local lockdown measures who have been asked by the Government or medical practitioner to self-isolate or G4S employees who have been directly instructed by DWP staff not to come to work for any other reason
related to COVID-19 will continue to be paid their daily contractual hours as per their terms and conditions of employment for the whole period of self-isolation.
Extended Working Hours:
You will be aware the extended working hours project has been in discussion as far back as 2016 and since 2018 DWP staff had their contracted work hours changed. DWP staff are now contracted to work between 0800-2000 Mon-Fri & 0845-1700 Sat.
This is now being rolled out nationally under the Extended Hours programme of work. 300 buildings across the DWP portfolio fall within in the scope of the project and are due to go live week commencing 30th November.
GMB is currently in discussions with G4S and have further meetings this week, we will keep you updated on these ongoing discussions but GMB has sought assurances that members will only be required to work beyond their contractual hours on a voluntary basis and that any hours worked above contractual hours will be paid at an enhanced rate.
GMB National Officer
Posted: 21st September 2020