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24 Sep 2021

Nyasha Chingono, Guardian (UK)

Zimbabwe: Labour unions sue six companies over Covid-19 vaccine mandate

"‘No one may be compelled’: Zimbabwe unions go to court over Covid jabs", 7 Sep 2021

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), an amalgamation of 35 labour unions representing 189,000 people, has accused employers of infringing workers’ rights, saying there is no law providing for compulsory vaccinations. It has taken the government and six companies to court for ordering employees to have the vaccine, arguing that the companies are “taking the law into their own hands” by forcing the issue...

[T]he ZCTU calls for an end to compulsory jabs, saying: “Each person having fully considered the implications and effects of vaccination is expected to make a personal decision.” The union also argues that research remains inconclusive, meaning “no person may be compelled” to get vaccinated.

According to the claim, employers [...] have ordered staff to stop reporting for duty unless they are vaccinated...

“We have a situation where people with hypertension have been vaccinated. Some cannot stand their ground,” said ZCTU secretary general, Japhet Moyo...

In June, vice-president and health minister Constantino Chiwenga said that vaccination could be made mandatory for anyone entering public spaces.