With questions now being raised about whether it is right to mandate an employee to be vaccinated, on the heels of actions by Prestige Holdings and Mario’s Pizzeria, Labour Minister Stephen Mc Clashie has revealed that policies to govern workplace vaccination will soon be on the way.
In an interview with the Newsday, McClashie said, “The Industrial Relations Advisory Committee (IRAC) was tasked with the job to identify guidelines and/or policy positions that we could take. IRAC is made up of private, government and trade union representatives.”
He added that they are in the final stages and he expects to get them by the end of the week.
McClashie noted that, “Globally we have had this problem in almost every society and none of these countries have yet come up with a policy position on vaccines, not even the ILO (International Labour Organisation.)
“So it’s not an easy set of decisions to make, given the ramifications, both in terms of public health and in terms of livelihoods, that would have.”
He said it was not a knee-jerk decision, ” but we have to think it through carefully.