Federal public servant unions wanted more consultation on vaccine mandate – CBC

Federal public servants must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 30 or take unpaid leave of absence

Oct 08, 2021

Two unions representing federal civil servants say they take issue with the government’s lack of consultation before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his mandatory vaccination mandate this week.

Trudeau laid out his government’s vaccine policy earlier this week, which includes a new rule that federal employees must report their vaccination status by Oct. 29, and if they are not fully immunized, they risk unpaid leave. The rule also applies to federal contractors such as cleaning staff.

Employees will not have to show proof of immunization, but rather sign an attestation form certifying they received the necessary shots. Anyone placed on unpaid leave will not be eligible for employment insurance benefits.

Representatives for the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) — who represent a total of more than 250,000 federal public servants — say they support the vaccine mandate in principle, but have a number of concerns.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/public-servant-unions-mandatory-vaccine-plan-1.6203751

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