The United Progressive Party (UPP) will launch Tackling COVID 19: The Impact on the Workers on Tuesday 12th October, 2021 at 7:30 PM. The forum, which is the fourth of a five-part series, will address some of the economic, health, social and legal challenges in the workplace that have come to light as a result of COVID-19.
The panel will be moderated by Jacqui Quinn and the featured panelists will be:
Dr Baldwin Spencer
Former PM & Trade Unionist
Assistant Director of the Organizational Development
1199SEIU Trade Union, NYC
The discussion will center on several important workplace dynamics that have surfaced in response to the coronavirus. Employers face significant challenges with major shifts in demand, supply chains, movement and worker protection. Social distancing measures have caused a complete shutdown in certain nonessential aspects of the economy, precipitating a significant rise in unemployment.
Workers also face significant shocks, with the fear of becoming infected on the one hand, and the prospect of losing their livelihoods on the other. With limited social protection, many are unable to access adequate COVID-19 testing, medical treatment or economic support to mitigate against lost wages.
The recent introduction of mandatory vaccination policies, though championed by the government and many in the private sector, as the way to safeguard economic recovery, has been met with hesitancy and resistance in many quarters. It has become highly polarized, leading to growing conflicts about the issue of individual rights and violations and whether workers should have a right to choose or refuse vaccinations.
Unions have generally played an integral role in promoting worker safety throughout the pandemic. They are now mounting a challenge to ensure that bargaining remains a key part of the resolution process. This has raised a myriad of legal questions about whether the state should have the power and responsibility to protect the health of the broader public, during a pandemic.
By assembling this diverse team of experts to discuss emerging workplace issues, the UPP continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing public education about COVID-19 prevention and protection. One of the Party’s main goals is to increase knowledge and help the public make more informed decisions, not just about their personal health, but the overall quality of life in their communities.
About the Tackling COVID-19 Virtual Forums
These interactive virtual forums are hosted on Tuesdays at 7:30 PM and broadcast on Progressive Radio 107.3 FM and live streamed via the MYUPP Facebook Page. Experts explore a range of topics, innovative strategies and best practices that have been used both locally, regionally and globally, to address the impact of COVID-19 and the recovery process. The discussion ends with a guided Q & A session that is designed to field questions from the audience to address public concerns and information gaps.
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