#COVID19: Gabonese Labour Leader Urges Members To Reject Mandatory Vaccination

The Labour leader claims his interests are towards liberty and individual choices as against non-usage of the vaccines.

The president of the Gabonese Confederal Syndicate known as Dynamique Unitaire (DU) has called on the country’s workers to reject compulsory vaccination against COVID-19.

In a declaration in the country’s capital, Libreville on Tuesday, Aug. 24, Jean Remy Yama warned the government against the consequences of forcing the populations to submit to obligatory COVID-19 vaccination.

The workers’ president clarified that he was not against the vaccination but was opposed to compulsory vaccination because of his “attachment to individual liberties and to free consent guaranteed by the constitution.”

He therefore, called on the workers to reject the obligatory vaccination.

“The decision to refuse to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 is an opinion. Following the uncertainties surrounding its efficacy and the risks of serious secondary effects and without a scientific study guaranteeing the effectiveness of the vaccine against COVID-19, the decision to make vaccination obligatory constitutes a breach of the constitution,” the DU President declared.

Yama said he was aware of the determination of the Gabonese government through the Minister of Health, Guy-Patrick Obiang Ndong, and the Minister of Water and Forests, Lee White as well as the Gabonese Patronal Confederation to oblige their workers to be vaccinated. He condemned the “policy of the carrot and stick” put in place by the authorities.

“In effect, if these ministers attach a price to dignity and human lives, they would not be that insensitive to the galloping pauperisation of their workers who have been patiently waiting over the years for the payment of their specific allowances, the regularisation of their administrative and financial situations and finally the alignment of their retirement benefits to the new system of remuneration,” the labour leader concluded.

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