Original article by Glenda Korporaal, Jared Lynch
The Australian – Page: 15 & 19 : 6-Aug-21
The question as to whether employers can mandate that staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19 has come under renewed scrutiny after SPC’s move to enforce a ‘no jab, no job’ policy. The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union’s national president Andrew Dettmer has criticised the fruit and vegetable processor’s lack of consultation, as well as its unrealistic deadline of six weeks for staff to get their first dose at a time when vaccine supplies are limited. Lawyers have also questioned the validity of mandatory staff vaccinations. Many Australian companies are actively encouraging their staff to get vaccinated, with some offering incentives such as paid leave.
SPC AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURING WORKERS’ UNION