On Monday 7 February, the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport advised Together that they were commencing a consultation with staff about a policy to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all staff. The Department has started a staff consultation process.
While some DTIS employees are already covered by vaccine requirements, the proposed policy would require all employees to have a COVID-19 vaccination.
Together will be providing feedback to the Department in the coming weeks.
Together has already been conducting a ballot of union members to determine the union policy towards mandatory vaccinations in government departments since December last year.
While this ballot remains open its closing date will now be brought forward so it can determine the union position on the current proposal from the employer, so it will now close at 5pm on Monday 14 February .
Please take the opportunity to have your say in the ballot before it closes. If you have any feedback on the policy, please get in touch with your union organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org.