BTC’s parent company defends position on mandatory vaccination of employees

BTC’s parent company defends position on mandatory vaccination of employees
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BTC working towards hybrid return to office next March

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Following backlash from some employees and members of the public, the parent company of BTC doubled down on its decision to implement mandatory vaccination as of January 1, 2022.

In a statement, Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) said: “Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cable & Wireless Communications, parent company of BTC, C&W Business, C&W Networks and Flow, has implemented rigorous health and safety measures to help protect our employees, their families, our customers and local communities.

“Given the state of the pandemic, the company has taken the decision to mandate vaccination for our employees in a phased approach over time. This decision was not taken lightly, but ultimately, we believe we have a responsibility to our employees, our customers, and the communities we serve.

“The timing for the vaccination mandate and adoption of the hybrid working model will be determined on a market-by-market basis considering factors such as country vaccination rates, employee vaccination rates, the availability of in-person schooling and accessibility to public transportation, among other criteria.

“The mandate has not yet been rolled out in The Bahamas, and Cable & Wireless Communications would never contravene any local law or governmental policy.

“We are working towards having employees return to the office in March 2022 in a hybrid working model where those who have been working remotely will return to the office for a minimum of two days a week, based on their roles and responsibilities.

“We are, however, currently requiring that all contract workers and third-party vendors servicing our customers be fully vaccinated as a condition of a BTC contract, effective January 1, 2022.”