Vanuatu National Workers Union (VNWU)’s former boss and former Union Member of Parliament for Port Vila Constituency, Ephraim Kalsakau, said it is illegal at this stage for an employee to be terminated just because he or she has not been vaccinated.
Kalsakau said currently there is no law that can penalize a worker who has not been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
He said even if it is covered under the employee’s contract, it cannot be effective if Vanuatu’s law does not cover it.
He said as a former country’s union head, the safety of the workers and their families is the priority, but there is a need for the government to legislate this, in order to give effect to the termination of an employee if there are COVID-19 cases in Vanuatu.
Some of the major companies in Port Vila which are dealing daily with public, such as telecommunications and banks confirmed to Daily Post yesterday they cannot terminate their staff who have not been vaccinated.
The Management of Bred Bank said they have received information from the Department of Labour that currently it is illegal to terminate staff who have not been vaccinated. The Management of Vodafone also said that they can’t terminate their employees who have not been vaccinated because it would be illegal, unless it is regulated.
Vodafone Management said if there is an outbreak, the only thing they can do is to ask those who have not been vaccinated to stay at home, but not terminate them.