Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi addresses members of the media during his virtual press conference, yesterday.

The amalgamation of trade unions has written to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi seeking the answers to seven questions on matters related to the vaccination of public servants.

The letter was delivered by the general secretary of the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM), Ozzi Warwick as a follow-up to their meeting with the AG last week.

That meeting ended in a stalemate after the unions asked that the Prime Minister immediately rescind his vaccine requirement policy and that the AG provide data to show that vaccines prevent COVID-19 infections and spread.

Al-Rawi said no to both demands.

Since then the unions and the AG have gone back and forth on why the vaccines were necessary at State offices.

The unions said that Al-Rawi promised to revert to them as soon as possible but they heard from him through the media.

“Respectfully, it is to be noted that this does not auger well for improving already extremely low levels of trust and confidence in the process led by your good self or the desired speedy resolution.

“However, we still await a date and time for the follow-up meeting,” Warwick said.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley had given a mid-January date for public sector vaccination.

“As we stated at the meeting, that because of the urgency of finding solutions it would be prudent for you to withdraw the deadline date of 15 January, 2022 to facilitate sincere and meaningful discussions. It is now imperative that you instruct the various state enterprises to immediately begin discussions to arrive at solutions and agreements with the various RMUs to address this crisis,” he said.

The question being asked are:

1. Is the government mandatory vaccine policy a requirement for international funding? If so, is the conditionality to downsize related to that demand?

2. Is the government carrying out an IMF/World Bank conditionality to downsize the public sector workforce?

3. What percentage of the public service are unvaccinated?

4. Would all the groceries shopping malls and business places where public servants, workers and the general public shop; would those places be also mandated to become safe zones?

5. Would safe zones also be included for schools, prisons and landfills?

6. Who will be performing the work when the government removes all these public sector workers and other workers from their jobs?

7. What is the daily total death rate in Trinidad and Tobago? Of that number how many are non-Covid-19 related?

8. Is the arbitrary deadline date of January 15, 2021 linked to a January 2022 vaccines expiration date of? What percentage of vaccines are meant to expire by February 2022? Are workers being forced to take the vaccine because of these expiration dates?