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Wilko boss sorry after ‘work if you have Covid-19’ memo leaked on social media UK News

High street retailer Wilko has issued a statement of apology, after reports emerged online yesterday that staff should continue to work regardless of their stance on Covid-19 infection.

High Street in turn said the retailer got “bad” and blamed “poor communication” for the widespread upheaval caused.

A leaked memo appeared on social media yesterday (March 14) saying store and warehouse staff should continue with their normal duties if they have no symptoms – reports Wales Online.

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Following the information leak, Wilko CEO Jerome Saint-Marc issued a statement.

In the official announcement, he said: “When something is wrong, we raise our hands, admit it and work to make it right.

“Today’s news highlighted miscommunication in our Covid-19 policies, and I wanted to reassure all of our customers and staff that…

“Our advice to team members who show symptoms of Covid / test positive is that although they are no longer required by law to self-isolate, they should still stay home and avoid contact with people. others.

“This will help reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.”

He added: “We are operating an enhanced sick pay policy and supporting those team members who need it most, including those with Covid-19. We will continue to take care of our team members. to the best of our abilities.”

Wilko employs around 16,000 people and The Mirror yesterday reported that the leaked memo said: “If you test positive for Covid-19 and feel well, you can continue to come to work, if you feel too unwell to work, you must follow the absence policy.”

It comes after self-isolation rules were changed last month in England, despite criticism from public health experts.

The government has also confirmed that large-scale free testing is due to end on April 1.

In January, Wilko also confirmed plans to close 15 stores in a move unions say could impact hundreds of jobs.

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