By Business Reporter
TELECOM operator TelOne has sent all its unvaccinated workers on leave and withdrawn their COVID-19 allowances while also warming that it will soon take stern action against such members of staff.
The announcement is with immediate effect.
The measures are contained in a statement signed by the Zimbabwe State-owned telecommunications company’s corporate services director H Zinyau, on 21 July.
According to the statement, TelOne says its revenues have taken a dip just like most businesses during the national lockdown, and it is taking measures to ensure that resources are not spent on workers who do not want to get vaccinated.
“The company may soon take further measures against the unvaccinated in order to protect the vaccinated members of staff,” says TelOne. “All staff members are advised of the withdrawal of Covid-19 allowances for those that are not vaccinated.”
TelOne warns that vaccination is the only scientifically proven way to manage the Covid-19 infections, and those not vaccinated would be putting the entire staff at risk of they continued reporting for duty.
Apart from the usual preventative measures of wearing face masks amd sanitization, TelOne further advised staff that all personal and business visits to TelOne premises have been banned with immediate effect. Only client services sections remain open, but operating under strict Covid-19 guidelines.
TelOne, which is an essential services provider, indicated that it has decongested workplaces by grouping the staff inyo shifts, one of which will be working from home.
Government this week stripped down its workforce and ordered that only 25 percent report physically for work in all departments while the rest work from home. Those working from home would be provided with devices and internet facilities for work to flow smoothly, said Government.
The action by TelOne comes as another Zimbabwe State-owned company, Grain Marketing Board (GMB), this week told all unvaccinated workerd to stop coming to work forthwith.
It is expected that most private firms will soon follow through and that even getting into public buses will become a challenge for the unvaccinated members of society. □