The MIBCO Main Collective Agreement in
clause 7.4 (1) states the following:
“An employee will be regarded as having deserted from his employer’s service after a continuous absence of five working days and without notification to his employer of his whereabouts: Provided that –
(a) The employer attempts to contact the employee in writing at his last known address supplied by the employee;
(b) The employee was duly notified in writing of the necessity to furnish his employer with his address and any changes of address;
(c) The employee shall be allowed a period of one month to lodge with his employer a written appeal against his dismissal.”
In a Nutshell: it is extremely important for you to follow your company’s policies in terms of when and how to inform your employer of your absence and not to merely stay away.