DOLE advisory against ‘no vax, no work’ policy draws praise

Labor groups lauded the Department of Labor and Employment for its advisory against the “no vaccine, no work” policy being planned by some employers.

One of them was the Associated Labor Unions, which expressed relief that DOLE is supporting workers.

ALU spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said, “The employees are grateful for the prompt positive reaction from DOLE.”

He acknowledged that employees and DOLE are normally at odds over some policies but this time, he has “to convey the praise whenever it’s due.”

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello issued the Guidelines on the Administration of Covid-19 Vaccines in Workplaces. Vaccination should not be made mandatory and those who refuse to be vaccinated should not be discriminated against, the advisory stated.

DOLE said workers cannot be terminated, refused promotion, or prohibited from entering the workplace just because they do not want to be inoculated.

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