Three out of four businesses ignore Covid ‘no jab no job’ calls as shops reopen
As small businesses open their doors again, a survey conducted by business support organisation the Forum of Private Business indicates that only a quarter of business owners have instigated a policy of requiring staff to undertake a Covid jab before returning to work.
Whilst a third recognise that having a jab is necessary to maintain an appropriate level of safety in the workplace, only 2% have actually changed employment contracts to insist on one, and only three out of every twenty plan to require some form of Covid passport to be held by customers.
Notwithstanding the low level of insistence, only 1 in 20 have experienced any issues or resistance from staff, suggesting that the staff themselves treat their personal Covid safety as a priority, and less than 20% of the businesses in the survey have reported that they have a consultation policy in place to address any concerns.
Chief executive of the Forum of Private Business, Ian Cass commented, “There is clear evidence from employees that they treat their own, and their customers’ safety, as paramount, but in the absence of any direct requirement and support from the Government it is understandable the business owners are reluctant to incur the additional costs of both ‘Covid Passport’, and ‘No Jab, No Job’ policies.”