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Antigua: Two regional experts support actions by local unions to oppose the government’s vaccine mandate

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(Antigua Observer) Trade unionists on the island who are mounting legal challenges to the government’s vaccine mandate for public sector workers are likely to be successful in the court.

That’s the view of Dr George Braithwaite, a lecturer in Sociology, Social Work and Psychology at the UWI Cave Hill Campus.

He explained on Sunday that while the government has a say in the protection of the entire nation, there are directives from the World Health Organisation and the International Labour Organisation which point to the need for consultation, education, dialogue and providing a balance.

“I think the government, rather than crippling with courtesy and killing with kindness, is adopting the sledgehammer tactic. I think it is not good for good industrial relations, and in a context where we are all facing a crisis together.”

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