The National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) is claiming that many employees in the private sector are at risk of losing their jobs because of their COVID-19 vaccination status.
An official statement issued by the union body today states:
“The National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) has been inundated by calls from employees in the private sector who are facing dismissal or non-renewal of contracts based on their COVID-19 vaccination status. NATUC wishes to inform all affected employees that there is no legislative framework for COVID-19 vaccination as a pre-condition for employment.”
According to NATUC, employers cannot do this to their employees.
“Non-renewal of employment contracts on the basis of an employee’s vaccination status is tantamount to vaccine coercion. An employee’s COVID-19 vaccination status is not a justifiable concern to the employer or any other non-medical entity.”
NATUC also noted:
“The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has removed the “Safe Zone” provision under the Public Health Regulations. Declaration of COVID-19 vaccine status is not required for participation in public life, travel, work or leisure.”
NATUC says it is prepared to represent any employee facing
I) vaccine based discrimination in hiring;
II) where COVID-19 vaccination is being enforced as a condition of continued employment; or
III) where vaccination is now appended as a condition for the renewal of an expired contract of employment.
The union body is encouraging any employees encountering such situations to contact +1 (868) 727-6332; or email [email protected]