WestJet Employees File Lawsuit Against Employer and Ottawa Over Vaccine Mandate

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A radical of 176 existent and erstwhile employees of aerial bearer WestJet filed a lawsuit connected Oct. 5  against their leader and the national authorities implicit the imposition of the vaccine mandate.

“Collaborating with airlines and firm stakeholders, the Canadian Government implemented punitive and divisive Covid-19 vaccination mandates, creating a two-tier nine stoked lone by fear,” the radical of plaintiffs calling themselves Cause For Action wrote successful a statement.

The radical says it has nary contented with radical choosing to get vaccinated, lone with the coercive quality of the mandate.

“Our objection lies with the coercion, discipline, and denial of informed consent utilized to execute wide vaccination. Forcing consent nether duress is unethical, unconstitutional, amerciable and by nary means Canadian,” it says.

Cause For Action says it represents a assortment of employees: active, connected leave, terminated, forced into aboriginal retirement, and suffering from vaccine injury. The professions are besides diverse, including pilots, formation attendants, and interaction centre agents.

Even though the mandate was imposed by Transport Canada and WestJet would person faced penalties for not complying, the plaintiffs reason the institution could person resisted but alternatively went aboveboard.

“Their assertive enforcement resulted successful unconstitutional maltreatment of thousands of people. Simply pursuing orders has not historically been, nor volition it be, an excuse to interruption quality rights and informed consent,” says Cause For Action.

Constitutional lawyer Leighton Grey, of Grey Wowk Spencer LLP, is representing the plaintiffs. Grey represents employees from different companies successful akin actions, notably railways CN and CP, and courier institution Purolator.

The Epoch Times reached retired to WestJet and Transport Canada for remark but we didn’t perceive backmost immediately.

A Transport Canada connection to The Epoch Times from May connected the contented of mandates says the “Government of Canada’s presumption is that the vaccination mandate is accordant with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, arsenic good arsenic Canada’s obligations successful the country of quality rights.”

It says the mandate was indispensable to “safeguard” the proscription system.

Free to Fly, an advocacy radical of aviation professionals and passengers affected by the vaccine mandates, welcomed the ineligible action.

“Justice needs to beryllium seen, to beryllium done, and we’re committed to that and to ensuring what happened to employees crossed this federation ne'er happens again,” says the group’s co-founder Greg Hill.

“This is simply a conflict connected galore fronts and we’re speedy to constituent retired that a rising tide floats each boats, truthful gains connected 1 beforehand volition payment the majority.”

New WestJet CEO Against Restrictions

The national government’s vaccine mandates for aerial travellers and proscription workers came into unit successful October 2021 and was suspended successful June.

“Vaccination is our champion mode retired of this pandemic, and much than 98 per cent of our workforce self-declared their full-vaccination intent anterior to the implementation of these policies,” said past WestJet CEO Ed Sims successful an Oct. 22 statement.

Alexis von Hoensbroech replaced Sims arsenic CEO successful February and soon aft started publicly criticizing  national restrictions.

He questioned the disguise request successful March, and past the travel vaccine mandate in May. Von Hoensbroech released a statement successful precocious September to invited the lifting of the remaining borderline restrictions connected Oct. 1.

“We are relieved our guests tin yet question with further assurance and certainty, knowing they tin marque decisions that are the champion for them, and their question plans won’t beryllium interrupted,” said von Hoensbroech.

Air Canada besides commented connected the contented and said the government’s measures “were not justified by science.”

The authorities itself admitted during question mandate ineligible proceedings to having small information connected the interaction of vaccination connected in-flight viral transmission and its ain research indicated that hazard to beryllium low.

Noé Chartier

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Noé Chartier is an Epoch Times newsman based successful Montreal. Twitter: @NChartierET Gettr: @nchartieret