DOZENS of Nissan workers reportedly faked isolation alerts to blag time off work.
Up to 60 staff at Nissan’s Sunderland factory were disciplined after they reportedly lied about receiving alertsCredit: Alamy
Sources reportedly claimed that workers used a screenshot of a colleague’s genuine self-isolation alert on the NHS app to lie to their bosses about needing to quarantine.
A staff member told the Mirror: “Workers have been using other people’s screenshots to get time off work.
“They sent their gaffer a screenshot from the Covid app that wasn’t even from their phone.”
Another reportedly said: “One lad was pinged in the pub to say he had to self-isolate.
“He sent the message to his line manager, it ended up being sent to another 59 employees at Nissan who wanted some time off.”
Nissan bosses are said to be “furious” about the deceit.
The Sunderland plant had been hit by a staff shortage after 900 workers – about 15 per cent of the total workforce – were pinged by the NHS Test & Trace app and forced to stay at home.
Nissan confirmed to the Mirror that a “small number” of workers had been disciplined for faking alerts.
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A source told the paper that the workers had faked the pings to take time off to watch England play at Euro 2020.
Nissan shut down for a two-week summer closing on Friday.
A spokeswoman told the Mirror the number of staff who had faked the alerts was in the “low double figures”.
The company said: “A small number of our staff have been disciplined after breaking Covid-19 rules.”
The Sun Online has contacted Nissan for comment.
Last month, Boris Johnson visited the plant to hail Nissan’s £1billion electric car deal.