Tesco is trying to discourage workers from “throwing a sickie” by banning sick pay for the first three days of any illness, regardless of whether it is genuine or not.
The pilot scheme, supported by the shopworkers union, Usdaw, is one of a range of different trials aimed at encouraging staff to use planned absence whenever they can. One option is to offer staff more holiday allowance but reduce it every time they take a day off sick.
So what about staff who really are ill? Is it fair that they should be penalised? Could the scheme encourage workers to go sick for a whole week? A spokesperson said Tesco is aware of those issues and the trials are in their early stages. However, there are fewer absences in stores testing the schemes.
The sick pay ban trial is being carried out in newly opened stores. Workers who already get sick pay will not have it taken away.