John Lewis makes pledge to unjabbed staff

John Lewis moves to distance itself from high street rivals and reassure staff it will offer sick pay regardless of their Covid vaccination status

John Lewis has moved to distance itself from high street rivals and reassure staff it will offer sick pay regardless of their Covid vaccination status. 

A string of retailers including Ikea, Morrisons, Next and Ocado have introduced policies which limit sick pay for unjabbed employees who have to self-isolate. 

Sign of the times: John Lewis will 'cast no judgment' on other businesses and that the pandemic had often left firms with 'just a choice between a range of unappealing options'

Sign of the times: John Lewis will ‘cast no judgment’ on other businesses and that the pandemic had often left firms with ‘just a choice between a range of unappealing options’

In a blog post, John Lewis group operations director Andrew Murphy told staff – whom it calls partners – across its department stores and Waitrose grocers: ‘We just don’t believe it’s right to create a link between a partner’s vaccination status and the pay they receive. 

‘When life increasingly seems to present opportunities to create division – and with hopes rising that the pandemic phase of Covid may be coming to an end – we’re confident that this is the right approach.’ 

He said John Lewis ‘cast no judgment’ on other businesses and that the pandemic had often left firms with ‘just a choice between a range of unappealing options’.

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