Waitrose is forcing employees to reimburse the time they spend in isolation due to the coronavirus, it has been alleged.
Supermarket bosses have told staff that they will have to pay up to two weeks off if they isolate themselves or do so to protect someone else in their household.
Employees with serious underlying health conditions are currently “protected” for 12 weeks and cannot work or leave the house at all.
A whistleblower who works for the high-end food store told the National he feared that infectious workers would return to work and risk spreading the virus to others because they “cannot not afford ‘not to work.
Waitrose (Milton Keynes store pictured) reimburses employees for their time spent in isolation due to coronavirus, one employee said
The anonymous employee told the newspaper, “Many people who have worked with Waitrose for centuries and who isolate or protect their family members are now receiving phone calls telling them that they will have to pay their time.
“It’s just a huge kick in the teeth. Most of the employees are really honest, but now they will have to lie and come to work even if they are not supposed to or reimburse between 74 and 78 hours if they are full-time and isolate themselves for two weeks. “
Waitrose is part of the John Lewis Partnership, which was forced to lay off almost 1,400 workers after John Lewis closed 50 stores nationwide.
Some have been recruited to help Waitrose, but the whistleblower says they do not face the same “punitive” recovery measures as their colleagues.
John Lewis staff who “protect” their home will receive 100% of their salary for the 12 weeks off.
But the Waitrose whistleblower says their colleagues are “furious” that the two halves of the business are being treated differently and have made a complaint to senior management.
Yesterday it was announced that all Waitrose employees will receive a £ 200 bonus for continuing to work during the deadly virus epidemic.
Buyers are pictured queuing outside a Waitrose store in South London
Both in store and through home delivery, Waitrose has taken a number of steps to protect COVID-19 staff and customers.
Last weekend, he banned couples from shopping together to increase store capacity while maintaining social distance.
As in many other supermarkets, duct tape has been placed on the floor to help shoppers stay 6 feet apart and the queues are evenly spaced.
A spokesperson for Waitrose told the newspaper that he asked staff to “make the time necessary.”
They added: “We understand that this is not possible for everyone, so each case will be examined individually and discussed with their manager. The health of our partners is our top priority.
“We have provided advice to partners who may have a weakened immune system to check with their primary health care provider regarding their specific needs before discussing work adjustments with their manager.
MailOnline contacted Waitrose for further comments.
As in many other supermarkets, duct tape has been placed on the floor to help shoppers stay 6 feet apart and queues are evenly spaced (Kensington store in West London is shown )