The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) is calling on Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi to urgently gazette a special policy that will activate a special Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) amid coronavirus outbreak.
The union says the special policy will be for purposes of financially assisting workers in the event that they are quarantined and cannot go to work.
Clement Manyathela speaks Fedusa deputy general secretary Riefdah Ajam about their request.
Currently, there is no provisions within the law to make adequate concessions in terms of this virus we are seeing now.— Riefdah Ajam, Fedusa deputy general secretary
It is for this reason [that] we are calling on the minister to release that special dispensation by way of a gazetted policy to deal with the situation as it arises.— Riefdah Ajam, Fedusa deputy general secretary
Desperate times call for desperate measures. We are calling for the UIF to be activated because there is a surplus.— Riefdah Ajam, Fedusa deputy general secretary
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