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O’Neal: CTUSAB in support of the science on COVID-19 vaccinations


O’Neal: CTUSAB in support of the science on COVID-19 vaccinations

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The Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) is not against vaccination, but is opposed to “bullying” people to be vaccinated.

That was made clear by president Edwin O’Neal during the third coronavirus (COVID-19) town hall meeting on vaccinations and testing at the Deighton Griffith Secondary School on Monday.

“Somewhere along the line there seems to have been a thought that CTUSAB is against vaccinations. Nothing can be further from the truth. CTUSAB was in fact, of all the entities in Barbados, the first out of the gates in support of whatever measures are necessary to keep the economy going. When the voices were loud at Sherbourne to a close, CTUSAB stood resolutely against closing of the economy,” he said.

O.Neal said that only together would Barbados be able to beat the virus, which would redound to the benefit of all.

“The Prime Minister is fond of saying ‘we are all in this together’, and CTUSAB does not see itself as being excluded from the fight to beat COVID and put Barbados back on the bar to prosperity. Just in case there is any misapprehension or mistake about our message, the labour movement is in support of the science and what the science of vaccines say.

“The labour movement is against bullyism. Thankfully, common sense seemed to have prevailed and this and other fora allows us an opportunity to have the kind of engagement that should have come from the start,” he said. (RA)