The current outbreak of COVID-19 at the 2 Sisters plant in Llangefni has underlined the risks that our key workers have been taking to ensure that we are all fed.
The closure of the plant is a necessary step to contain the virus and prevent further infection across the Island.
The staff at the plant have worked throughout the lockdown in difficult conditions and at significant risk to themselves, but many are paid a poverty wage at or just above the minimum wage.
While the factory is closed many will have no company sick pay and will be reliant on the Government’s Statutory Sick Pay of £95.85 per week. This hardly seems like a fair reward for their hard work throughout the last three months.
Ynys Môn Labour is calling on the 2 Sisters Group to pay their staff full pay for the two-week closure in recognition of their sacrifices throughout the pandemic.
Beyond the current crisis, we need a conversation as an Island about Fair Pay for Fair Work. Too many people are living on low pay and insecure contracts and this is holding our Island back.