Attorney at Law, Mary Francis, has called on the Labour Department to investigate reports that some employers are putting pressure on workers to get the COVID-19 jab.
Some reports indicate that a few employers have even threatened workers with dismissal.
However, Francis explained that if employers coerce workers it would be a breach of the rights of the workers.
“Everybody has a right to take or not to take the vaccine,” the outspoken human rights advocate asserted.
And she recalled that when the COVID-19 vaccine rollout started, the government made it clear that vaccines were not compulsory.
Nevertheless, Francis described the issue as a difficult one for employers.
“The employer may have the interest of other employees at heart, so it’s a delicate balance,” Francis explained.
Despite the situation, she has encouraged employers not to dismiss workers who refuse the jab.
In this regard, Francis said the Labour Department would have to monitor the situation closely.
“People are already suffering financially,” Francis observed.
And while admitting that refusing to take the jab might sound selfish, she said it was a serious situation when employers use threats and coercion.
At the same time, Francis explained that it was important for individuals to weigh the health of the nation against their own personal rights.