Supermarket workers at Iceland are potentially deleting the NHS Test and Trace app “en masse” due to the pingdemic.
Most workers at Iceland have used up all their sick pay and cannot afford to be forced to take more time of work.
Richard Walker, the managing director of Iceland has suggested that staff are now deleting the app, and “who can blame them.”
Iceland has “plenty of stock to go round” and staff are working “really very hard to keep the show on the road,” Walker said.
Iceland are facing the “perfect storm” as the pingdemic is affecting staff, stores and suppliers and there is still a shortage of lorry drivers during the “peak holiday season.”
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he said that testing centres have still “not yet materialised” and added that it is “not worth the effort” as there is only three weeks until isolation policy changes.
Walker was asked is the amount of staff being pinged reducing, he said, “It’s started to steady the last couple of days. Day-on-day, the pinging has started to drop.”
Walker added, “It feels to me like they are potentially starting to delete the app en masse in numbers that they weren’t previously doing.
“And to be honest, who can blame them?
“I’m not condoning it but I can understand why they are doing it.”
Billionaire owner of the 2 Sisters Group has warned the “pingdemic” is hitting the food industry hard and the sector is suffering the “perfect storm.”
Speaking to Ian King Live on Sky News Boparan said, “Somebody has to speak up, and with a lot of factors whether it be the pingdemic, whether it be the labour shortage, COVID, Brexit, self-isolation, transport issues.”