A Boots employees member has accused the retailer of “attempting to get their cash’s price” and placing employees at “danger” throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The present Boots worker contacted the Liverpool ECHO to specific her considerations over how the well being and wonder retailer is treating employees throughout lockdown.
In her electronic mail, the employee, who wished to stay nameless, stated she needed individuals to know “how we’re in danger and the way we’re unnecessarily placing others in danger too”.
She claimed employees spend “many of the day simply standing round within the retailer” and “cleansing the identical cabinets again and again”.
However Boots stated all colleagues play an essential position in serving to them supply very important companies to communities throughout the UK.
Describing in additional element her expertise, the employee informed the ECHO: “We presently have little or no work to be doing within the retailer, by no means thoughts important work, we nonetheless have close to sufficient a full group in.”
“We’re spending many of the day simply standing round within the retailer, and reasonably than splitting shifts and decreasing the quantity of employees in at one time Boots are attempting to get their cash’s price by getting us to wash flooring within the again or cleansing the identical cabinets again and again.
“Boots have solely simply allowed individuals within the final week who’ve susceptible members of the family at residence to be furloughed.
“That is far too late for a few of my colleagues as they’ve already needed to depart residence and are sleeping on sofas. Some members of employees have additionally needed to take vacation or unpaid depart to maintain their households secure.”
Some Boots shops stay open throughout the UK on account of its pharmacy and vary of healthcare merchandise, that are classed as important objects.
Nonetheless, the sale of hair dyes, make-up and perfumes which its shops additionally inventory should not thought of important.
Earlier this month, the corporate stated prospects must say what they need earlier than getting into some branches, as a part of plans to safeguard employees and cling to Authorities pointers.
It’s believed in some shops, Boots cordoning off areas of the store flooring to prioritise the sale of important medicines, prescriptions and toiletry objects.
Nonetheless, talking to the ECHO the present worker stated issues have since modified.
She added: “When the restrictions first got here in, we closed down the perfume counter and self choose make as much as deter individuals from coming in for objects that aren’t important. These have been reopened two weeks in the past.
“I’m certain the message is to remain residence and keep secure, not keep residence except you wanna go to Boots to deal with your self.”
On the claims made by its worker, a spokesperson for Boots has insisted the protection of colleague is of “utmost significance” and added how every member of employees performs an essential position.
A Boots UK spokesperson, stated: “The security of our colleagues is of the utmost significance. As frontline staff, it’s our responsibility to guard their well being as all of them work collectively to assist prospects, sufferers and the NHS.
“All our retailer colleagues play such an essential position in permitting us to supply very important companies to communities throughout the UK as we proceed to prioritise the sale of important medicines, prescriptions and toiletry objects; we couldn’t do it with out them and we will’t thank them sufficient.
“A few month in the past we despatched residence our Boots magnificence colleagues, and final week we made the choice to temporarily close 60 of our quieter shops, asking our pharmacy, healthcare, and retailer administration colleagues to assist our groups in close by busy pharmacies, or, the place that is both not wanted or not potential, to remain secure at residence.
“We’re always reviewing the scenario, having conversations with colleagues every day to debate their particular person conditions.”