The National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) believes the one-month extension to allow public servants to become vaccinated, is an attempt by the State to buy itself some time to ensure the relevant legislation is in place so the authorities can act if and when workers refuse.
Public servants were facing a deadline of January 17, to become vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and failure to do so would have resulted in workers being furloughed.
During a media briefing at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's, on Saturday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced the extension as he said Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi was still in the process of finalising the policy changes.
Responding immediately following Rowley's announcement, NATUC's General Secretary Michael Annisette urged people not to be fooled by the temporary reprieve as he said, "If you are to hang and they extend that hanging by one month, does that change what is to happen?
"Does that take away from the real issue facing workers of T&T where a government is saying if you are not vaccinated, you can lose your job, you will not be able to feed your family?"
Annisette said these were questions that needed to be asked, "We at NATUC will not be misguided."
Indicating NATUC will be guided by the science and facts, he said, "The reality is that nothing has changed and as a matter of fact, it has complicated the matter more because it is clear there is an agenda by this Government that speaks to marginalising people who have exercised their democratic rights in terms of COVID-19 and the evidence that is coming out daily."
Annisette accused the Government of being hell-bent on getting its own way.
However, he cautioned, "That is not how you run a democracy."
Annisette described the policy stance by the Government to create quasi safe zones which could lead to workers being becoming unemployed, as "inhumane, insensitive and a fundamental breach of a person's right to employment and to earn a livelihood."