COVID-19: 43 city workers in London, Ont. on unpaid leave due to vaccine policy – London

Nineteen full-time employees and 24 random employees in the City of London are being put on 30 days of unpaid leave for failing to comply with a COVID-19 vaccine policy, the city said on Tuesday.

The policy had given employees until Sept. 29 to provide evidence of full vaccination against the virus or evidence of a medical or Ontario Human Rights Code exception.

Those who received only one dose before Sept. 29 had until Nov. 1 to be fully vaccinated or risk an “immediate removal from active duty,” according to a copy of the policy sent to City Council in September.

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Overall, the city says 99 percent of employees adhered to the policy, which also applied to staff from contractors or consultants working on behalf of the city and inside the city’s facilities, as well as volunteers, interns and students on internships.

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“I am pleased with the very high percentage of employees who have adhered to this policy,” Mayor Lynne Livingstone said in a statement sent to Global News.

“Because the number of employees who will be put on leave is a very small percentage of our staff, and because they come from different service areas across the organization, there will be no service impact on the public as a result of any disciplinary action.”

Also pleased with the results was Steve Holland, president of CUPE Local 101, which represents workers in the City of London.

“As for the few who have not (complied with the policy), can it lead to complaints? Absolutely,” Holland said.

“We have to represent everyone in our premises. We would deal with this as we would with any other complaint, and go through the process and go from there. “

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He added that the union was not informed in advance whether its members would not comply with the policy and he still does not know if any of the city’s workers on unpaid leave are from CUPE Local 101.

The Netherlands says this means the union will take a “wait-and-see” approach to follow up on policy results.

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“It could end up that we have zero members from 101 involved, and that would mean I do nothing about it.”

The City of London is the latest local organization to share the results of a COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Last month, the London Health Sciences Center revealed that 84 employees would be fired for failing to comply with the hospital network’s policy date.

Elsewhere, the London Police Service also revealed in October that 90 per cent of active staff have provided evidence of full vaccination, while “a number are in the process of being fully vaccinated and others have submitted requests for accommodation.”


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