St Vincent and the Grenadines Public Service Union says following an emergency General Meeting which was held on August 2, 2021, the membership of the Public Service Union voted to take industrial action during the period September 7 – 10, 2021, in response to the government’s amendment of the Public Health Act.
Furthermore, at a meeting held with nurses on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, the nurses took the decision to withdraw their services during this same period to protest the amendments, which have implications for their fundamental rights and freedom.
The PSU says amendments to the Public Health Act will strip the rights of essential workers, in the first instance, to choose to be vaccinated or not.
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The union in a release stated that the government has refused to or failed to listen to workers with respect to their human and constitutional rights and freedoms. In light of this, the PSU has notified the Governor-General of the intention of the withdrawal of service, in keeping with the provision of such action as outlined in the Essential Services Act.
The PSU is calling on all Public Servants to withdraw their services during the period September 7–10, 2021. The union said a clear message must be sent to the government, that they will not tolerate any infringements on their member’s rights and freedom.