|Unite activists protested outside both Kier and Highways England offices, occupying one office until the police were called. Action will continue until Kier stop this discriminatory practice and pay everyone the same sick pay
Unite regional officer Malcom Bonnett said: ďKierís workers who operate in all weathers to keep the South Eastís motorway network fully operational deserve full sick pay, when they are ill. The pandemic has exposed the fact that workers simply canít survive on SSP which is less than £100 a week. The lack of sick pay results in workers continuing to come to work when they are ill. In normal times, due to the safety critical work they undertake. this could have tragic consequences. During the Covid pandemic it leads to unnecessary risk of exposure to infection. It is simply unjustifiable that office based workers receive full sick pay while those working on the motorway network only receive SSP. With Kier recently being re-awarded the contract on Area 3, now is the perfect time for the company to act and level the playing field on sick pay. If Kier does not end the discrimination to motorway operatives Unite will step up the campaign which will involve further protests and the possibility of additional actions in order to secure a fair deal for our members.Ē
Kier has recently secured the contract to continue to provide highways maintenance on the Area 3 contract for a further eight years. The contract will run until October 2029.
Video from Reel News: Kier, End the discrimination on sick pay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbETXytqLas