THOUSANDS of low paid workers face losing sick pay under Government cuts, a union warned yesterday.
The change applies to staff such as cleaners and caterers whose NHS or council job has been transferred to private companies, which are not obliged to offer sick pay.
Many town halls are looking at reviewing their contracts as they struggle with massive ConDem budget cuts, meaning thousands of workers, many on minimum wage, could lose out.
Public services union Unison says the situation will get worse after the Coalition scrapped a code to prevent private companies driving down pay and conditions.
Union boss Dave Prentis said many on low wages who do not get sick pay “struggle in to work when they are sick, risking their own health and others around them”.
“It cannot be right massive massive multinational companies can make huge profits but cheat workers out of basic terms.”