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COSATU warns against victimization of unvaccinated employees

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COSATU has issued a statement warning all opportunistic employers to stop victimising workers who have chosen not to get vaccinated, and for employees to report such treatment from employers.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), on Thursday, 29 July 2021, issued a statement warning all opportunistic employers to stop victimising workers who have refused to get vaccinated. The union stated that all South Africans have a right to accept or refuse to be vaccinated either on medical or constitutional grounds.

COSATU stated that there were conspiracy theories and myths circulating about the vaccines, and as a result, some people are sceptical to take them. The union also stated that it had continued to play a constructive role in encouraging people to get vaccinated, embrace science, and not listen to idle gossip and unsubstantiated claims. Its statement warned all opportunistic employers to stop victimising workers who have chosen not to get vaccinated.

COSATU further stated that the Constitution protects and guarantees the individual their right to bodily integrity under Section 12(2), and that it supports President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call to persuade South Africans to vaccinate, but that no one should be forced to vaccinate without their consent. COSATU called on workers being victimised to report their employers to COSATU, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) or the Labour Department.

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Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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