Morrisons helps suppliers and staff, and creates jobs

Stepping up to meet the challenge

Amid the escalating COVID-19 crisis, Business in the Community member, Morrisons, has stepped up to help suppliers and employees keep afloat and have boosted communities by creating jobs.  Morrisons was the UK’s first major supermarket to commit to paying all small suppliers, immediately bringing relief to local producers, farmers and fishermen across the nation who will be facing challenges of their own from manufacturing disruptions and staff falling ill.

Creating new jobs in the face of adversity

Morrisons has also created 3,500 new jobs to meet soaring demand for its home delivery service.  2,500 pickers and drivers alongside an extra 1000 staff in distribution centres will keep the wheels turning and ensure customers continue to receive essential food and household items.  They are setting up a call centre for those without access to online shopping and will launch simple-to-order food parcels from
March 23.

Helping staff with financial uncertainty

To help staff through immense financial uncertainty, Morrisons have created a new colleague hardship fund to support employees financially affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Morrisons also said staff who are sick with the coronavirus will receive sick pay whether or not they would normally be eligible.

The grocery giant added that staff who are affected either because of self-isolation – or due to looking after close family or vulnerable community members – will also be eligible for sick pay, alternative shifts or holiday.

New colleague hardship fund

Morrisons said the creation of a new colleague hardship fund will aim to support colleagues who are in financial difficulty as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Staff will be able to apply for funds if they experience a financial setback and are struggling to make ends meet.

The grocery giant added that staff who are affected either because of self-isolation – or due to looking after close family or vulnerable community members – will also be eligible for sick pay, alternative shifts or holiday.

New ways of working

Another key element of Morrisons’ coronavirus response includes introducing new ways of delivering groceries and more slots for customers, which are aimed at helping vulnerable people and those affected by the virus.

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