The BCPS Staff for Freedom Society (BCPSEFS) has launched a category motion lawsuit in opposition to the British Columbia Public Service (BCPS) over its vaccine mandate for workers.
Applicant Jason Baldwin’s lawsuit is in opposition to the BC authorities and Provincial Well being Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, in accordance with a Wednesday press launch.
BCPSEFS mentioned Baldwin has filed the lawsuit as a result of the vaccine mandate, which was enacted by government order of BC’s cupboard, was opposite to the Canadian Constitution of Rights and Freedoms and violated their medical privateness and bodily autonomy.
Whereas the motion is being introduced by one applicant, it mentioned it’s being introduced on behalf of all unionized BCPS workers harmed by the vaccine mandate. As such, it has the potential to claim the rights of tens of 1000’s of unionized public servants.
The lawsuit alleges Henry dedicated the tort of malfeasance by having no foundation actually to justify the knowledge, knowledge and recommendation she supplied and upon which BC relied to develop its worker vaccination coverage and ignoring recognized potential dangers of antagonistic occasions related to COVID-19 vaccines when advising the province.
It claims BC violated workers’ freedom of affiliation assured underneath the Constitution of Rights and Freedoms and that pressured disclosure of personal medical data violated widespread legislation and statutory privateness rights.
Baldwin is looking for compensation by an award for aggravated and punitive damages. He has retained Sheikh Legislation lawyer Umar Sheikh to characterize him on this matter.
The BC authorities advised public servants in March they might now not be required to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.
With this determination, the BC Ministry of Finance mentioned the vaccine mandate was being rescinded due to a excessive degree of vaccination among the many public service, the place greater than 98% of staff had been immunized.
The BCPS mentioned a complete of 314 workers have been terminated for non-compliance and about 175 staff have been placed on an unpaid go away underneath the coverage.
BCPSEFS mentioned in March the vaccine mandate for public sector workers didn’t serve its objective and was pointless after it was introduced it will be scrapped.
“The vaccines weren’t efficient, didn’t cease an infection/transmission and brought about many dangerous antagonistic reactions,” it mentioned.
“The mandate sowed division, discrimination, and worry.”