TelOne marshals staff to vaccination, cuts Covid allowances
By Nkosana Dlamini
Fixed line telecoms firm, TelOne Zimbabwe has withdrawn Covid-19 allowances on all its unvaccinated staff while further threatening measures on members who have not yet taken up the compulsory inoculation process.
In a memo to “all executives, management and staff”, TelOne Corporate Services Director H Zinyau announced the company was sending its staff on a vaccination leave starting with those who have not yet taken their jab.
Zinyau said the company has heeded government’s directives to decongest work premises in attempts to tame a ravaging third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Due to the reduction of business as a result of the reduced service uptake by both Enterprise clients and Government sector, the company is experiencing a decrease in the productive hours.
“As such, staff will be required to immediately take vacation leave starting with those that are not vaccinated.
“This is especially because unvaccinated individuals are at the highest risk of the effects of the COVID-19 virus, while also posing a great risk to all other staff and the company’s business continuity.”
Zinyau threatened unspecified action against staff that does not heed the call to take up the process.
“It is key for staff to ensure that they are vaccinated as this is a proven means of managing the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
“Staff are advised that besides this being good protection for themselves, the company may soon take further measures against the unvaccinated in order to protect vaccinated staff members and the business,” he said.
Zinyau said all TelOne workers who have not yet been vaccinated will no longer receive their Covid-19 allowances.
“All staff members are advised of the withdrawal of Covid-19 allowance for all those that are not vaccinated with immediate effect.
“If vaccinated, ensure that your details are up-to-date with the relevant offices,” he said.
The tough stance taken by the state owned company comes just as central government has also ordered its workforce to get vaccinated or lose their Covid-19 insurance.
The country is racing the fast-spreading pandemic with hopes to inoculate at least 10 million citizens by December this year to achieve the much desired herd immunity.
Zimbabwe is in the middle of a tough lockdown that has seen businesses ordered to close by 3.30 pm everyday with a curfew beginning at 6.30 pm and ending 6am.