Small businesses are pushing for the right to sack staff members who refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available in Australia.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week announced the government had signed a memorandum of understanding with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca Australia to secure the promising Oxford University vaccine candidate.
The government hopes the coronavirus vaccine will reach Australia by early next year and wants 95 per cent of people to get the jab.
Mr Morrison said he would like to make the vaccine ‘as mandatory as possible’ but does not have the power to make it compulsory.
The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia has since proposed law changes that would give employers the power to sack workers who refuse the jab.
‘If one of my staff members says, “no, I’m against it”, then I’m going to have to say, I’m sorry then, you are a threat to my business’,’ Council CEO Peter Strong told 7News.
Read more: No jab, no JOB: Bosses demand the right to sack their workers if they refuse to get a ‘virus’ vaccine when one is available in Australia – and powerful [Cult-owned] unions look set to back them