The Banking Insurance and General Workers Union is voicing concern over what it describes as Republic Bank’s threat of compelling unvaccinated persons to pay up to two thousand, four hundred dollars per month for PCR tests to enter the Bank’s premises.
The Union is alleging threats of disciplinary action and the removal of discretionary paid sick leave all add up to prejudice contemplated against the unvaccinated, while those who agree to the jab may receive incentives.
However, the Union is still willing to support any reasonable compromises that do not create additional hardship and stress in the workplace.
The Union is urging the Bank to get proper industrial relations advice and do not punish the unvaccinated.
The Union said it raised these matters when it met virtually with the Bank to discuss its intended return of some two thousand, six hundred and forty-one workers of its forty-four branches nationwide.
The Union said it reminded the Bank a return to the workplace should not be vaccine dependent only but rather on the basis that the actual workspace can safely accommodate the necessary distancing between persons as both vaccinated and unvaccinated may contract and spread to those with or without the vaccine.