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The brief battle between trade union and employer over the vaccine mandate at Standard Bank serves as a sad reminder of the opportunity SA has lost to make its vaccine drive the success it should have been.

The banking union Sasbo launched protest action after Standard Bank dismissed more than 40 employees for failing to meet the April 4 deadline to comply with its requirement that all employees be vaccinated against Covid-19 or show evidence of frequent negative tests. The bank was quick to respond with a decision to withdraw the requirement altogether...

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