Statement from Chris Aylward, PSAC national president, on mandatory vaccinations in federal workplaces

We are following the federal government’s announcement today closely, and we will be in a position to comment on mandatory vaccinations in the workplace once the government puts forward a proposal for specific measures it wants to introduce and details about which workers would be impacted.

Given that many of our members are already being asked to return to federal workplaces, we would urge the government to both provide a clear position as soon as possible, and to ensure that any measures they propose take into consideration our members’ health and safety, their human rights as well as privacy, and the protection of the public. We also expect the government to meaningfully consult with unions before making any decisions that could significantly impact our members.

August 5, 2021