PR – The Grenada Movement is extremely concerned about the way the government of Grenada has handled the contention related to Covid-19 and the question of mandatory or voluntary vaccination for employees. Many Grenadians are now faced with an ultimatum – “jab for job”.
While TGM understands that both the employer and the employee have rights, we believe that the legislative arm of government needs to put legislation in place to address the current state of affairs surrounding vaccination and employment. The fundamental rights and freedoms of our people are priority and we strongly oppose the laissez faire way in which the current administration has dealt with the issue of vaccination and employment.
The Constitution of Grenada recognises the right to work, and the administrators of the nation’s affairs should ensure that people who desire to work are able to work where jobs are available. The Head of Government has left it up to employers to determine who has a job and who does not, by enforcement of a Government vaccine policy which has no basis in law.
The people of Grenada are left without representation in this matter and the elected officials have further compounded the problem by launching a vaccine raffle with the chance of winning 10 thousand dollars for taking the jab.
TGM says that this cash bribe – money for being vaccinated – must be withdrawn immediately. It is vulgar and demeaning. It is a slap in the face of our people who are being told, once again, they can always be reduced to a lowest common denominator.
To be absolutely clear, TGM is not opposed to people being vaccinated, but there has to be law and order to prevent chaos. When people are allowed by the negligence of government to operate without laws or to disrespect existing laws, then surely the nation is in free fall. This signals that the government is not in control.
The people entrusted with managing the affairs of the state need to get up and do their jobs. The Prime Minister as the Head of Government cannot abdicate his responsibility by leaving it up to the private sector to decide what they do with employees.
TGM’s mission is to have a fair and just society where the people can enjoy their economic, social and other liberties without fear. The present industrial and social climate is filled with fear as the vaccination roll out has been mishandled and has indeed gone off the rails.
We call on those in government to fix this problem by engaging the people and putting in place the legislative framework that is necessary to ensure that individual and public health responsibilities are harmonised. There can be no other way.