Monday, July 11, 2022

SASBO warns Standard Bank of unlawful vaccination policy

Finance union SASBO has warned Standard Bank to reverse the dismissal of around 40 employees who refused to comply with the bank’s vaccination policy.

According to the policy, Standard Bank required all staff to be vaccinated against the coronavirus by 4 April 2022 or face dismissal.

SASBO, who represents more than 70 000 members in the financial sector, says it will turn to the courts if the commercial bank fails to reinstate the axed employees within the next five days.

‘’Many other employees remain on Special Leave pending their Incapacity Hearings. Subsequent to Government lifting of all protocols related to Covid, it seems the bank is adamant to continue with their policy,’’ said SASBO general-secretary Joe Kokela

‘’Sasbo has asked the bank to stop their Incapacity Hearings for unvaccinated employees and to reinstate those who have already been dismissed,’’ he added.

Kokela says they warned the bank not to implement a mandatory vaccination policy before an official declaration from government.

‘’Sasbo believes that its members should get vaccinated but that ultimately, the decision to vaccinate or not, lies with each individual. Some employees have been with the bank for almost 40 years and now face dismissal because of a bank policy that should have been recalled. Other employers in the banking and finance industry have already recalled their Mandatory Vaccination Policies.’’

‘’Sasbo will challenge these dismissals on behalf of their members,’’ concluded Kokela.


COURTESY: Standard Bank

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