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AspenDispatchLive reports that the coronavirus has given more than 100 Aspen Pharmacare workers a temporary reprieve as the giant pharmaceutical company has halted its retrenchment process.  

While workers at the East London and Port Elizabeth plants welcomed the decision to freeze the process, they described it as a bittersweet victory as they still did not know whether they would have jobs when the lockdown ends.  However in a letter to staff members dated 26 March, Aspen executive Grant Swart was clear that the workers would still lose their jobs after the national lockdown.  He said the pause was “important to provide affected employees with stability and social security during this challenging period.”  In the meantime, said Swart, “we are accelerating the process of filling critical positions necessary to sustain our operations during this rapidly changing period, so that we can supply the medicines needed to mitigate the pandemic”.  He also indicated that the company's employee wellness programme was active and accessible to employees and their dependents during the lockdown period.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sandiso Phaliso at DispatchLive


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