According to several employers throughout Trinidad and Tobago, unvaccinated workers are now required to be tested every two weeks at their own expense. This is the option few employers have given to their staff whilst others are saying, “vaccinate or face temporary leave”.
The Public Services Association (PSA) represented by Second Vice President (SVP), Avinash Maharjh, has stated that such an act was discriminatory. He said that it was in essence, a snide way of forcing workers to get vaccinated, as they will not be able to afford a PCR test every two weeks. Private PCR tests are $800 and $1500.
“Most of these workers are already financially constrained. Workers who are faced with these ultimatums, I advise you to visit the PSA, to join our membership and we will fight to ensure that your rights as workers are safeguarded!” said SVP Maharajh.
Thus far, businesses that have been publicly mandating such are: Trotters Restaurant Group, Nigel R. Khan Booksellers, KFC and Marios.
If you are employed at an organization where you feel forced into mandatory vaccination by any employer, please feel free to contact the PSA at: 226-5059.
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