Trade unionist calls for gov't to direct employers on compensation for workers on lockdown days

John Levy
Trade unionist John Levy says if the Government intends to extend lockdown days, it should give a clear directive to employers on how to treat compensation of workers.
There is concern that some employees have not been paid on no movement days as they are unable to work from home. This is coupled with a cut in their wages due a downturn in business.
Mr. Levy, who is General Secretary of the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE), says compensation for workers on lockdown days should not be left to the interpretation of employers. 
"Some businesses are paying and some are not," he noted. "Quite frankly, I think that arrangement should be made for people to be paid on the particular days and whatever tax issues that may arise, etc., that is something that could be worked out between the Government and the employers further down the road." 
Mr. Levy said he has not been able to get guidance on the matter from the Disaster Risk Management Act.
He argued that the Government may have to extend the lockdown days as the country is still recording high numbers of coronavirus cases.
However, Mr. Levy suggested an extension of business hours on the other days "to avoid this mad rush...between 4 o'clock and 6 o'clock."
"I would be more inclined to extend the days to 10/11 o'clock, quite frankly. Let us run that model for a week or two and see how it works out," he recommended.  

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