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farming thumb medium80 84Cape Times reports that a Western Cape farmer has warned his employees to vaccinate or face being banned from work. This has sparked outrage from workers' unions who have described Rob Duncan's threats as “abusive master/slave tactics”.

According to workers at Pomona Farm in Piketberg, they were issued with a letter, warning that if they didn’t take the vaccine, they would lose their jobs. The letter dated 1 September reads: “Vaccination for anyone who is 18 years and older has been open and we have registered and transported everyone who has asked. I have asked all people who do not want to vaccinate to come and give me reasons for not wanting to vaccinate. To date, only two people have come to see me and I have spoken to two others. From Wednesday 8 September 2021 anyone who is 18 years and older will no longer be allowed to work, live or visit Pomona Farm unless they can show proof of vaccination.” Duncan said of the 81 employees on the farm, including casual workers, only four opted not to get vaccines - but the rest of the workers and their families have received their jabs. Billy Claasen of the Rural and Farmworkers Development Organisation has reported the matter to the Department of Employment and Labour, DEL). The DEL said on Monday it would be sending an inspection team with a view to inspect the risk management plan that the employer has conducted with regard to the vaccination and to advise on proper procedures going forward. Cosatu provincial secretary Malvern De Bruyn said they were disappointed that there were still employers who were “forcing” workers to take the vaccine and threatening them with dismissal. “We will follow up on this particular matter and we will engage the farm owners and if there are any dismissals Cosatu will assist its workers and refer the matter to the CCMA,” he said.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Siphokazi Vuso on page 1 of Cape Times of 14 September 2021

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