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Time for Safe Sick Pay

We all deserve to know our workplaces are safe, and we won’t catch illnesses from colleagues, and take them home to our loved ones. 

No-one wants to get sick, but when we do, we want to know that we can take the time to get better, and still pay the bills to look after ourselves and our families.

The Diagnosis

A third of us only get Statutory Sick Pay, which is so low it is nowhere near enough to pay the bills. And to get any sick pay in the first place, we need to lose three days’ pay first. 

Nearly two million workers - mainly people working multiple jobs like cleaners, carers or parents juggling childcare with work - slip through the cracks and get no sick pay at all.


The Implications

Being sick enough to need to be off work is never easy – but it’s even worse when you have to worry about putting food on the table or heating your home.

It means we either go into work sick and get more unwell, or we end up off at home worrying about money and being unable to pay the bills.

This puts our and other people’s health and wellbeing at risk, and can cause more disruption to our lives and our work.

Mending Sick Pay

No-one should be punished for getting ill. In Britain, we can lead the world in having safe workplaces that help workers recover from sickness quickly.

By making sick pay safe, we can create better workplaces that ensure that hardworking people can meet living costs if they need time off.

Safe sick pay is good for workers, good for employers and good for public health.


Our letter to the UK Government


In October 2022 leaders of health charities, disability charities, trade unions and other civil society organisations came together to call on the government to urgently reform Statutory Sick Pay. Below you can read our letter calling on the government to meet and create these much needed reforms. 

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Four in five cleaners unable to access sick pay, research reveals

Read our report making the case for safe sick pay based on year-long research project.

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Safe Sick Pay is the first campaign of our Cleaners United alliance. To find out more about Cleaners United please click the link below.

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