A second union is taking legal action against the government vaccination mandate for public sector workers. The Antigua and Barbuda Public Service Association filed the necessary court papers yesterday. This comes a day after the Antigua Trades and Labor Union issued a press release noting it’s intent to challenge the latest policy. The membership of the Antigua & Barbuda Union of Teachers have also adopted a resolution to prevent the mandatory vaccination of teachers and students. The policy took effect on Monday.
President of the Antigua and Barbuda Free Trades Union, Samuel James, says the latest vaccine mandate for public sector workers has affected members of the Caribbean Union Bank (CUB). The government is a major shareholder of CUB making workers there eligible for the vaccine mandate, which gives them literally until October 1st to take the jab or risk being unemployed. James says the union is not against vaccination, but the approach of the government is questionable.
Mr. James says that the policy decision is likely to create more problems than resolutions. He went on further to say that the union has given it’s members various options on how to deal with the matter. James believes that the government’s new vaccine mandate is creating a divide between vaccinated and unvaccinated people.