Employer Vaccination Mandates
This page is about objections against an employer vaccination mandate which has lead to termination of employment. This will progress into legal proceedings. This page is to update the public on the developments.
Dispute about vaccination mandates for aircrew by an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Aviation company.
- 31 March 2021; Queensland (QLD) Chief Medical Officer (CHO), Dr Jeannette Young, issued a Health Direction which entailed the mandate for ‘relevant employees’ to be vaccinated with the C19 vaccines. [the Direction]
- 9 April 2021; The company issued a COVID-19 vaccination policy, based on the CHO QLD Direction. [the Policy]
- 14 April 2021; Employee submitted an objection letter to the Policy.
- 4 May 2021; Employee was put on 'administrative leave' and denied to work. For 2 months several emails about compliance and arguments against the Policy were exchanged.
- 16 June 2021; Employee was served with a ‘Show Cause” letter. (Employer announced the intend to terminate employment.) This was the first time company replied to the arguments of the objections.
- 26 June 2021; Employee wrote to the CEO and Board with an appeal to consider medical ethical issues at stake and requested a meeting.
- 2 July 2021; A response to the 'show cause' letter was sent.
- 19 July 2021; Employee was invited to meet with manager to receive the decision of the company. The meeting with the CEO and the Board was denied.
- 22 July 2021; Meeting took place to receive termination letters. Union representative was present, but no discussion about the issue was possible.
- 11 August 2021; Submission for Unfair Dismissal lodged with the Fair Work Commission.
Copies of Documents
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