Nissan workers used a colleague test and alert tracking to separate the car factory from Sunderland.
Numerous workers in the plant received disciplinary measures for fraud, reports Mirror Online.
Sources told the Mirror that the screenshot of the actual warning of self-isolation was passed around colleagues, who claimed in the same message that they needed to be quarantined at home.
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“Workers used other people’s screenshots to take advantage of their free time,” a staff member told The Mirror.
“They sent their gaffer a screenshot from the Covid app that wasn’t even from their phone.”
Another added: “One guy was pinged in a pub to say he had to isolate himself.
“He sent a message to his line manager, and in the end another 59 Nissan employees were sent who wanted a break.
“Nissan has heard of this and they are furious.”
One source told the Mirror that free time coincided with England’s matches during Euro 2021.
About 900 Nissan employees were supposed to be isolated at home last week, although only a “small number” of them are thought to have faked their ‘ping’ message, Nissan told the Mirror.
The Sunderland plant closed due to a two-week closure on Friday, July 23rd.
The company confirmed: “A small number of our staff have been disciplined after violating Covid-19 rules.”
Nissan said production in some parts of the factory needed to be “adjusted” due to reduced staffing.
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