Labor movement publishes COVID-19 vaccination policy
The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi today released its COVID-19 vaccination policy.
CTU President Richard Wagstaff said: “We are encouraging employers to do the right thing and support the team of 5 million people, including all working New Zealanders, to get vaccinated completely.”
“The labor movement proudly encourages anyone who can to get vaccinated. Vaccines are collective action; they work best when we get them all.
“Employers need to do everything possible to support people and make it as easy as possible to vaccinate employees. Concretely, this means being able to be vaccinated during paid working time.
“Providing precise and clear information about the workplace is another practical thing that employers can do. This includes a zero tolerance approach to misinformation disseminated with the intention of scaring and angering people. “
“The goal is for people to want to be vaccinated because they understand the benefits for themselves and for the people they love. But if people don’t want to be vaccinated, their employer must not be able to. If someone is playing a role that requires them to be fully immunized then we recommend that the worker be redeployed to a different role within the organization as negotiated with the individual and their union. “
“Frontline workers have paved the way for vaccination – now is the time for everyone to get vaccinated, together we are the strongest,” Wagstaff said.
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