Hermes supports coronavirus-hit self-employed staff

Hermes has set aside a £1 million fund to support its self-employed couriers should they need to self-isolate due to coronavirus. This follows news that the government is not to support self-employed people should they have to self-isolate, purely because they are not eligible for sick pay as fully-employed people are.

At the same time as covering them financially the national delivery company is to help the couriers find someone else to cover their rounds should they not find a substitute, and upon their return their rounds are guaranteed to be open to them. The GMB union is in full support of the initiative.

Martijn De Lange, CEO at Hermes UK, said: “This is an extraordinary situation and we have taken the decision to help support our couriers financially if they need help and also ensure we are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of the virus. It is simply the right thing to do and I hope that other organisations will follow our lead.”