Pimlico Plumbers to introduce ‘no vaccine jab, no job’ work requirement

Luke O'Reilly
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The firm’s boss Charlie Mullins explained the ‘no jab, no work’ policy in an interview (Pimlico Plumbers)
The firm’s boss Charlie Mullins explained the ‘no jab, no work’ policy in an interview (Pimlico Plumbers)

Pimlico Plumbers will require its employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in a “no jab, no job” policy.

The company’s founder and chairman Charlie Mullins said Pimlico’s lawyers were drafting new employment contracts to include the requirement for their workforce.

Mr Mullins, dubbed Britain’s “first millionaire plumber”, has been a vocal critic of the coronavirus lockdowns in the past, accusing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government of "selling business down the river".

He described the policy in stark terms in an interview with City AM: “No vaccine, no job.”

Mr Mullins likened the requirement to being vaccinated against malaria, although the disease is actually treated with pills and a jab is still in development.

“When we go off to Africa and Caribbean countries, we have to have a jab for malaria – we don’t think about it, we just do it,” he said.

“So why would we accept something within our country that’s going to kill us when we can have a vaccine to stop it?"

A requirement for Covid-19 vaccination has been debated by governments and businesses around the world.

In Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison suggested that jabs could become mandatory, before backtracking following an outcry from medical experts.

The Australian Council of Small Business Organisations said it would consider making vaccinations mandatory.

The council’s chief executive, Peter Strong, told Australia’s 7News: “If one of my staff members says, ‘No, I’m against it’, then I’m going to have to say, ‘I’m sorry you are a threat to my business.

“If you don’t sack them, you don’t have a business, especially if you’re in a high-contact area where you’ve got a lot of customers.”

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