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 opposition to the coercive Covid vaccine policy is just. There is no reason why a Covid containment policy could not respect workers’ rights to choose to be vaccinated or not. Given that employers carry primary responsibility for maintaining a healthy and safe working environment, it follows that the cost for any regular PCR testing that they deem necessary for maintaining such an environment should be borne by them. These are demands that all working people should unite around, whether they choose to be vaccinated or not.
The Jamaican Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms guarantees to each citizen personal autonomy to live life and to make decisions that are of fundamental personal importance, such as medical care, free from state interference. On August 19, 2021, there were media reports that the Ministry of Education of Jamaica (MOE) would require children aged 12 and over to be vaccinated.
Operation Tradewinds is described by its organisers [SouthCom] as “a US Southern Command sponsored combined joint exercise conducted with partner nations to enhance the collective ability of defense forces and constabularies to counter transnational criminal organizations, conduct humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief operations.” Military personnel from Guyana, Brazil, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago participated in this region-wide military exercise with army personnel from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada, France and the Netherlands.
According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the two-pillar tax plan is designed to “reform the international taxation rules and ensure that multinational enterprises pay a fair share of tax wherever they operate”.
With Cuban emergency health workers supporting relief efforts following Haiti's devastating earthquake, Caribbean islands and countries continue to reciprocate these examples of the consistent support Cuba has offered over decades in several social, cultural, educational and medical and health care fields.
The new Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration has indicated that it will not implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.
Speaking in the first of several town hall meetings on vaccinations and testing protocols on Monday evening, Acting Attorney General Wilfred Abrahams said that forced vaccinations were neither plan nor policy for the Mottley administration.
Nurses, Doctors and other staffers who are unvaccinated were recently denied entry into the hospital's compound. They were told that they must be vaccinated in order to report for duty. The unvaccinated Doctors were eventually allowed access to the hospital this afternoon.
Jamaica´s solidarity gesture follows similar support provided by China, Russia, Mexico, and Nicaragua. |As Cuba faces a severe outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 after it managed to contain it during 2020, the U.S. blockade against the island has toughened, hindering Cuba's ability to access materials to tackle the crisis well as food and other supplies.