Heads of protective service associations are not in favor of mandatory vaccines for its members.
The groups, which included the executive teams comprising the Association of Police Welfare and Social Services of Trinidad and Tobago, the Association of Prison Officers of Trinidad and Tobago, Second Division, and the Association from the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Department, Second Division, convened in an emergency meeting on Sunday morning.
They debated the Prime Minister’s announcement that all civil servants should be vaccinated from January 2022 and the consequences attached to non-compliance.
At the end of the meeting, the three heads of the respective associations Insp Gideon Dickson, PO Ceron Richards and FSO Leo Ramkisson, sent a joint statement in which they agreed that they were not in favor of a constructive compulsory vaccination. .
“Changing employment conditions without consultation is illegal and goes against all established industrial relations practices / laws,” Labor Court President Deborah Thomas-Felix explained.
“Everyone has the constitutional right to the enjoyment of property and for workers it is their wages. The announcement threatens to violate these rights, which we categorically reject.
“We considered that the action to impose a work environment in ‘near safe area’ discriminated against the protection services given our daily duties with the general public and prisoners, who are not conditioned to such warrants, “the statement said.
It has been noted that protective services, and by extension essential services, have been steadfast in their duties during the pandemic, while other public officials “relish the luxury” of being at home.
In addition, it was suggested that immediate steps should be taken to adequately compensate these workers.
“Collectively, as the negotiating bodies of members of the protection services, we will continue to defend the interests of our members and have always sought to consult with the Prime Minister, the Minister of National Security and the government of Trinidad and Tobago. Tobago.
However, we will not allow the constitutional rights of our members to be violated, ”the statement said.