Pimlico Plumbers to introduce ‘no jab, no job’ policy into all employment contracts
The company’s founder and chairman Charlie Mullins [pictured] said Pimlico’s lawyers were drafting new employment contracts to include the requirement for their workforce (Image: PA)
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Pimlico Plumbers is set to introduce a "no jab, no job" policy requiring all employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
The company's founder, Charlie Mullins, said lawyers were drafting new employment contracts for all 400 employees stating they must be vaccinated in order to work for the London-based firm.
The UK had given more than 2.6million people the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine by Tuesday.
However, there are concerns that so-called anti-vaxxers will lead to lower vaccination rates, risking further coronavirus strains and potentially endangering the lives of others.
Mullins, dubbed Britain's "first millionaire plumber", has been a vocal critic of the coronavirus lockdowns in the past
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He previously accused the Prime Minister of "selling businesses down the river"
(Image: Surrey Live / Darren Pepe)
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"No vaccine, no job," Mullins said in an interview with City A.M.
"When we go off to Africa and Caribbean countries, we have to have a jab for malaria – we don’t think about it, we just do it. So why would we accept something within our country that’s going to kill us when we can have a vaccine to stop it?"
However, employment lawyers said mandatory vaccinations could lead to claims of discrimination or constructive dismissal, potentially opening employers up to expensive compensation claims.
Nick Wilcox, a partner at BDBF, a London-based law firm, said employers would have to balance their duty of care for employees during the pandemic.
A requirement for Covid-19 vaccination has been debated by governments and businesses around the world
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He said forced vaccinations "could be an issue", particularly if an employee has a religious belief for their refusal.
Wilcox advised that employers should seek to consult employees about vaccinations rather than trying to impose them.
Other businesses have backed the vaccines. Unilever’s chief executive, Alan Jope, said on Wednesday that the company would strongly encourage all of its workers to have the vaccine, but said the FTSE 100 firm would stop short of making it mandatory.
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In Australia, the Council of Small Business Organisations, a lobby group, said last summer it would back making vaccinations mandatory.
"If one of my staff members says: 'No, I’m against it', then I’m going to have to say: "I'm sorry you are a threat to my business'," its chief executive, Peter Strong, told Australia’s 7News.
"If you don't sack them, you don’t have a business, especially if you’re in a high-contact area where you’ve got a lot of customers."