Test-and-trace will fail without rise in sick pay, says TUC

Two-fifths of workers will be unable to pay bills if they have to self-isolate for two weeks

The UK’s coronavirus test-and-trace system will not function unless ministers boost statutory sick pay (SSP) to ensure that workers can afford to stay at home, the head of the TUC has said.

Speaking shortly before the union movement’s first virtual annual congress, Frances O’Grady said that 4 in 10 workers would be plunged into financial hardship if forced to self-isolate for two weeks, according to a survey.

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