'No jab, no job' | Citigroup gives thousands of unvaccinated staff DAYS to save their jobs

Citigroup gives thousands of unvaccinated staff DAYS to save their jobs

Citigroup has allegedly warned workers that they will be fired by the end of the month if they fail to get a COVID jab within the next few days, in line with a company-wide mandate.

According the Daily Mail, the major bank sent workers a memo last week, reminding them of the impending January 14th deadline to submit proof of vaccination, a policy first introduced in October.

The alleged memo, which comes as COVID cases continue to surge across the States, reportedly warned that any US staffers who ignore the deadline will be placed on unpaid leave before having their employment terminated on January 31st. However, the company will not fire anyone who is unable to get a vaccine based on religious grounds or medical exemptions.

Around 95% of the bank’s 65,000 US employees are vaccinated, the Mail said, which leaves around 3,250 workers facing the sack unless they get their jabs within the coming days.

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It was in October 2021 that the firm first announced it would require staff to be vaccinated by January 2022 in a bid to get everyone back to the office.

This followed on from previous orders imposed by the firm in March, when Citigroup told employees that, because the firm worked as a government contractor, staff would have to comply with President Joe Biden’s executive order on vaccines, according to CNBC.

Citigroup declined to comment on the claims when approached by CNBC.

Vaccine mandates

Citigroup is not alone in making bold decisions surrounding COVID in the workplace. In December, tech giant Google became one of the first major employers to confirm that it was considering making coronavirus vaccination a mandatory condition of working for the company.

The multi-national company reportedly released an internal memo to staff stating that new regulations within its US arm would mean that those who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 could be put on forced leave and then let go from the company if they fail to follow its COVID-19 rules, as reported by CNBC.

According to the internal memo, Google gave its employees until December 3rd to upload proof of vaccination or receive approval for a medical or religious exemption. It added that anyone who fails to follow these criteria by January 13th will then be placed on a 30-day paid administrative leave.

If after this period they still refuse to comply, they could face unpaid leave for up to six months and then be terminated, according to CNBC.

“As we’ve stated before, our vaccination requirements are one of the most important ways we can keep our workforce safe and keep our services running,” Google Spokesperson, Lora Lee Erickson, recently told The Verge.

“We’re committed to doing everything possible to help our employees who can get vaccinated do so, and firmly stand behind our vaccination policy,” she added.

Could COVID-related sackings happen in the UK?

Whilst these cases are based in the US, the ramifications for those based in the UK are clear; companies like Google and Citigroup are starting to take more hardline approaches to vaccination policies, and forced vaccine-related terminations in the US may soon make their way across the pond.

In fact, we’re already seeing tougher measures in England for those who refuse vaccination. The Government introduced stringent ‘no jab, no job’ policies across many areas of the NHS and the care industry in recent months.

When asked if mass firings could take place for those who refused to be vaccinated, Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, noted at the Tory party conference recently that he said he was considering it.

A Sunday Times article recently alleged that Javid has opted to press ahead by introducing legislation that will make vaccinations ‘a condition of employment’ for health workers, in a move mirroring the decisions of President Biden in the US. This could well create a similar precedent for leaders across other industries.

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