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Nov 16, 2021

P.S.U. Fires Back on G.O.B.’s Pending Vaccine Mandate

Dean Flowers

A new mandate comes into effect on December fifteenth, requiring all public officers and essential workers to be inoculated with at least the first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine in order to be allowed access to their workplace.  The authoritative order issued by C.E.O. Rolando Zetina via circular, is being met with objection from the Public Service Union which is seeking legal advice on the matter.  According to P.S.U. President Dean Flowers, the latest decision taken by the Briceño administration is tantamount to discrimination.

Dean Flowers, President, Public Service Union

“We are in receipt of the memo as the wider public is.  The C.E.O., prior to emailing the memo, made a courtesy phone call to me to inform me that it was coming up and informing me that it‘s really beyond his control.  It‘s an instruction handed down to him of course from our dictatorial colleagues or friends or ministers coming out of cabinet.  So the Ministry of Public Service, of course, simply carried out the instructions.  Now the first thing that concerns us or that pops to our mind, of course, is on what basis does this circular become enforceable.  There is no legal basis for it.  Is it that the government intends to go back to the house or pass via an S.I. or the new S.I. that is coming out shortly an amendment that will now require essential workers and public officers to be fully vaccinated to be able to access public buildings?  We believe that will be the case and of course, a follow up to that will be then, if they‘re going to do that to be able to make this enforceable or legally enforceable, is it that this administration will continue its discrimination against public sector workers because this is discrimination public sector workers.”

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