YEU supports the implementation of mandatory vaccines for workers as a powerful tool to help ensure safe workplaces for the health of the public, and for all workers.
The use of discipline or threats of termination to enforce vaccination policies will not be accepted, and we will oppose any attempts to do so. We echo the position of the Public Service Alliance of Canada and will work with governments and employers to ensure that workers with medical or human rights exemptions are protected, and offered accommodations as protected by law.
The federal public service has stated it will wait for the next government to take office before rolling out any policy.
Public service workers shouldn’t be disciplined over vaccination requirements
This week, national political party leaders have made concerning statements about disciplining or terminating federal public service workers who choose not to be vaccinated as part of the government’s vaccine mandate proposal.
PSAC supports vaccination requirements for federal workers to ensure the safety of our members in their workplaces, and to protect our communities, but using discipline and termination to enforce them is unacceptable.
PSAC has been in consultation with the federal government on their vaccination proposal, and our position is clear: employees with a valid medical reason for being unvaccinated, or for reasons protected by human rights legislation, must be offered a formal accommodation under the law.
In addition, if there are workers who are unable or unwilling to be vaccinated, the government must temporarily reassign those employees to other duties where possible or allow for alternate work arrangements such as remote work.
Where required, other measures should be explored, including regular screening and rapid testing.
PSAC will continue to play an active role in consultations as the federal government develops its vaccination requirements plan. We will do our utmost to ensure the safety of our members while protecting their rights in the workplace – including their right to privacy.
Published on the Public Service Alliance of Canada's website August 17, 2021.