The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has called on the labour minister to gazette a special policy that would activate a special UIF for quarantined workers.
In a statement on Thursday, 12 March 2020, the Federation Union of South Africa called on the Minister of Labour, Thulas Nxesi, to urgently consider invention method for the South African worker’s earning, in the wake of the Coronavirus. “FEDUSA’s call comes in wake of the fact that existing legislation does not make any provision for workers who must be quarantined for the compulsory 21 days after testing positive for the virus, to claim sick leave, nor be paid for the time that they are away from work,” the statement read.
The trade union urged the labour minister to urgently engage the Presidency and the cabinet to place emergency measures in the labour market, which will assist workers who might be exposed to and affected by the Coronavirus. FEDUSA also acknowledged that the absence of workers in the workplace will result in the lost of production for employers. It is for this reason that FEDUSA has called on Minister Nxesi to gazette a special policy that will activate a special UIF payment for quarantined workers. Not only will this special UIF benefit the workers but will also compensate employers for lost productivity.
On behalf of frontline workers at institutions such as airports, schools and hospitals, FEDUSA has called for decisive and definitive action from the government, concerning the current pandemic.