graduate thumb100 EWN reports that the SA Parastatal and Tertiary Institutions Union (Saptu) has demanded to be included in policy discussions over mandatory vaccinations at places of higher learning.

The union indicated that its primary purpose was to protect job security. Saptu said some institutions had recently confirmed that they were considering mandatory jabs for staff and students. These included the University of Johannesburg and Stellenbosch University, where the union has members. It said a policy which went against the bill of rights should never be forced: “Management cannot on its own make decisions; you have to look at the work environment, the job security and how policy implementations are going to affect employees. Some of our members don’t subscribe to the idea that they must be vaccinated.”

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