St Vincent Government fires unvaccinated teachers

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Dr Ralph-Gonsalves

Several teachers have been formally dismissed from their jobs  for failure to take a COVID-19 vaccine as mandated without medical or religious exemptions, the St Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union (SVGTU) confirmed on Thursday.

The union told CMC News that as of Wednesday, 12 teachers had informed the union they had received dismissal letters.

Under the government’s vaccine mandate, frontline workers, including teachers, would be considered as absent without leave – even if they did show up for work – once they were not fully vaccinated.

“We expect that more would come in today and we are monitoring very closely what is happening, but the union’s commitment is to assist all of its members, both vaccinated and unvaccinated,” the union’s president, Oswald Robinson, said, adding that a number of the teachers had indicated they had not received any salary for December.

“Salaries are supposed to be paid today and some people have already checked and know that they have not received any salary [for December].”

Robinson said he has told the fired teachers that the union would be fighting on their behalf.

“I sent a voice note out to them to tell them to just stay focused… and we are moving forward with our legal battle still and at some point in time we may have other actions coming up,” the SVGTU boss said, adding that his executive would meet on Friday.

“We are going to consolidate, we are going to strategise what we are going to do in the upcoming week,” Robinson said.

“We are monitoring very closely but we are definitely taking action. Our legal counsel is supposed to be filing sometime today or tomorrow and we are going forward in full force, straight to the end. We are not going to give up, we are not going to leave anybody unaccounted for.”

The union leader said a programme may be implemented to assist those teachers who have not received a December salary.

Some teachers had been turning up to work despite their unvaccinated status and Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves had warned they would not be paid.

CMC News obtained a December 10 letter to a teacher from Chief Personnel Officer, Arlene Regisford-Sam, informing of her termination.

The letter stated that the teachers had failed to comply with Rule 5 of the Public Health (Public Bodies Special Measures) Rules 2021 and, as a result, had been deemed absent from duty without leave since November 22, 2021.

“Accordingly, on behalf of the Public Service Commission, I have to inform you that you are deemed to have resigned your office with effect from December 7th, 2021 and have ceased to be an officer, in accordance with Regulation 31 of the Public Service Commission Regulation, Chapter 10 of the Laws of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,” the termination letter read.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. … And in the meantime, a 4th child has died (in as many weeks) in Vietnam due to an ‘overreaction’ from the Pfizer mRNA Covid vaccine.

    The 15-year-old boy’s DEATH represented the fourth paediatric passing associated with Covid-19 vaccine. The boy lived in Son La, a province Southeast Asia. He received the Pfiser vaccine on December 4th 2021, sadly, just a couple of days later, concerning symptoms surfaced; including – again -, dizziness and nausea.

    WE ARE WITNESSING THE SAME PATTERNS (ESPECIALLY DEATHS IN YOUNG MALES), TIME AND TIME AGAIN!

    The boy was taken to the local hospital, then transferred to Son La General Hospital where he passed away days later.

    Sacking those teachers for not wanting to take any of these vaccines with their well known adverse and serious problems is an abomination and perverse.

    IF THE VACCINES WORKED – AND STILL NOT ON TRIAL -, I’M SURE THAT NOT ONLY THE TEACHERS WOULD HAVE TAKEN THEM, BUT ALSO, MANY OTHER UNVACCINATED PEOPLE WOULD AS WELL.

  2. All them politiions who a force sudden pan people against them will a go straight a hell. They fight against the Lord. Just imagine putting people to beg by dismissing hem.

    • Dear “Wicked”: The Lord God of Heaven instructs us to obey our government. You are inciting unbiblical teachings. You need to read your Bible more closely. Otherwise you really are sowing discord, and that IS “Wicked”.

      • When the pharisees commanded the apostles not to speak in Jesus name, what was their response? Acts 4:18,19. Look it up.
        What job did Pilate hold when he commanded Jesus to be crucified?

  3. @ Betty Betty never one to disappoint Hope should not be close to your name .
    THE CRAP THAT COMES OUT OF YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU OPEN IT IS NAUSEATING IN OVERDOSE.
    I’ve seen many of your comments and you don’t come off as very smart person quiet the opposite.
    Gaston almost finish using the restroom he will call you as usual to throw out his waste.

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