The Northants Telegraph reported that after cases doubled, Tata Steel Corby workers were told that anyone who is deemed to not be following social distancing rules might not be paid if they subsequently have to self-isolate. The memo read: "Covid cases are rising on our site. Although absolute numbers are still relatively low within the past week we have seen a doubling of confirmed cases that we have had on site since the beginning of the pandemic. In addition, this week we have 27 employees isolating. This has had a huge impact on our operations and in recent weeks we have seen areas of our site having to close for at least one shift because of the number of isolations. This provides a stark reminder that we cannot afford to let our guard down in our bid to keep our workplace operating safely and free from coronavirus. While it is imperative that employees follow the rules and isolate if they, or someone that they live with, or are in a bubble with has symptoms of or tests positive for Covid-19, it is also important that employees follow all the rules to ensure that as a far as possible they do not put themselves in a position where they need to isolate. Employees who have to isolate because of their own actions or lack of adherence to the rules, both inside and outside of the workplace, may render themselves liable to disciplinary action and may not be paid for any resulting periods of isolation."
Steelworkers at the Weldon Road site say they are disgusted by the memo and are concerned about how decisions on the controversial ruling will be made. One employee said "Workers are disgusted. How do they police this? Who decides who gets paid and who doesn’t? Most office staff is working from home so don’t have the same risk as the workers attending site."
Corby Works are situated in North Hampshire, which is often referred to as the heart of England. They manufacture over 250,000 tonnes strip steel and thin-wall welded steel products each year. Their impressive portfolio of superior products caters to many vital industries and market sectors from construction, to energy and power market sectors, to lifting and excavating.