It seems fifty percent of managers wish to see the introduction of a jabs for jobs policy should you wish to return to work from being furloughed or from working from home.
This is a relatively new suggestion and already lawyers are saying there is currently no legislation in place in the UK on mandatory vaccinations, and the UK Government has confirmed that it will not introduce mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for UK residents and will leave it up to individual employers.
Apparently under the Equality Act 2010, it is illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of a protected characteristic (these include age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation) and lawyers are suggesting that a danger that a no jab, no job policy could discriminate under one or more of these protected characteristic, although I have absolutely no idea how.
I believe that Google, Netflix, and Facebook have already put this jabs for jobs policy into action although many people are reluctant to return to work as they feel they are quite capable of doing their job from home as they have been all through the pandemic.
Their argument being that all they need is a computer and a phone and they can do their job from virtually anywhere, in which case I feel I should point out that there are people all over the world who have computers and phones who currently work in foreign call centres etc who would be only too happy to do the job that people in the UK are reluctant to return too and at a considerably cheaper price.
So to all those reluctant to return to work, I suggest be careful what you wish for as you may end up in a situation where you don’t have to go back to work as someone else is doing it for you.
About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin
I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent.
Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work.
I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise.
I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013.
My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie.
I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes.
I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage.
My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mr-Joe-Wells/e/B06XKWFQHT/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
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The Equality Act is a piece of garbage. People should feel free to associate with whomever they like, without regard to social propriety or other artificial constructs. Society has no vested interest in the people we work with; it’s only a form of intrusion into our daily lives that has to be axed at the beginning point.
I imagine it must have been brought in with the best intentions as I suspect are most laws.
Two of my sons-in-law have worked from home since the first lockdown.
One is now doing a couple of days a week at the office as are his colleagues. His employers believe it’s in everyone’s best interest to stagger office time and not to have a fully staffed office at this present time.
The other son-in-law is concerned about going back to the office as he doesn’t trust a couple of younger colleagues to continue taking sensible precautions such as mask wearing and hand washing.
Both sons-in-law believe working from home has been more productive than working in the office, they start work much earlier, have less distractions and have saved on travelling time. One of them enjoys his new work regime of part office and part working from home. The other would be happy to continue to working from home.
Two of our children have been working from home and neither want to go back, I just think that by not going back it does leave them open to being replaced by someone in India who will also work from home but for considerably less money.
I understand your concerns with this.
I suppose it depends on the type of employment, the employer, and of course the need to be available to meet clients as and when necessary.
I’m sure there are an awful lot of office workers who never meet a client, especially in this day and age where everything is done on email which I’m sure companies love as it’s so much harder for us as customers to get in touch with a human being to sort a problem out.
You’re right of course, especially the scenarios you are referring to.
It all depends upon the type of business and someone’s position in the business.
Not everyone is a regular office worker. Some clients require more than a telephone consultation especially when a company is hoping to gain their business.
I was using people I know as an example and their work is answering customers inquires and checking details and inputting when checked, both jobs could easily be done by people in foreign call centres. The last thing I want is more foreign call centres, it takes long enough sorting problems when you can speak to someone with good English let alone the ones that have limited language skills. As an example I order my pills for our local doctors surgery every month but for the last five months when I order online it says I need a review before I can order. I have had a review and my yearly blood test and yet I have had to spend at least half an hour explaining this to the surgery every month, wasting my time and theirs when all I need is someone to reset my online order page. Sadly they can be just as incompetent from a foreign call centre so why pay British wages when you can get someone abroad to be just as bad for half the money.
I absolutely agree with you, Joe. Some employers could take the business abroad.
I was using my three son-in-laws as examples – number one has a small building firm, number two is a website developer and number three an investment director for a large property firm.
I think number two is scared to return to his office and mixing with colleagues. Number three enjoys half office and half home and meeting clients. Number one has remained busy throughout the pandemic.
I too become frustrated when someone with a strong accent answers the phone. And then I feel dreadful for saying pardon over and over or asking for an English person.
Then again I once stopped my car up in Newcastle to ask an English Geordie for directions, when I returned to the car my daughter asked – which way do we go?
I had no idea which way because I couldn’t understand a word he’d said!
I wonder if your GP’s/pharmacy prescription system is faulty and needs fixing. Could it be the pharmacy that is at fault? Maybe try changing your nominated pharmacy?
I order mine online without speaking to anyone and collect after 24 hours from my local pharmacy.
I order mine online and the doctors has it’s own pharmacy, all that’s wrong is when I last had my review the doctor didn’t click on his computer to say I had had my review, that’s the frustrating thing, the solution is so simple, all it takes is for the doctor to click that mouse!
Ah, a simple human error, but frustrating nonetheless!
I misunderstood I thought you meant you were using an online pharmacy.
Hope someone ticks that box for you.
So do I as I’ve always had low blood pressure but if they keep messing me about like this I won’t for much longer. Perhaps that’s the answer, I should see the doctor saying I have trouble with my blood pressure and when he asks when did this start I could grab him by the throat and explain the problem. It’s the same situation when you go to the dentist and grab the dentists testicles whilst uttering the phrase, we’re not going to hurt each other, are we?
🤣 Good plan!