Panel to discuss employee and employer challenges brought on by the pandemic in tonight’s Tackling COVID forum

Tackling COVID 19: The Impact on the Workers – the fourth in a series of forums hosted by the United Progressive Party (UPP) – is just hours away this evening, October 12.

Starting at 7:30 p.m., a panel will address some of the economic, health, social and legal workplace challenges that have arisen as a result of COVID-19.

The well-versed panelists are Dr. Baldwin Spencer, former Prime Minister and trade unionist; Kendrickson “Kenny” Kentish, attorney-at-law; and Diann Beazer-Jeffers, assistant director of a major trade union in New York City. 

The UPP says the discussion will centre on several important dynamics that employers now face, on account of the pandemic.  These include major shifts in demand and supply chains; the protection of workers; and a significant rise in unemployment caused by the shutdown of certain aspects of the economy.

Workers, too, are facing significant shocks – with the fear of infection on one hand and the prospect of losing their livelihoods on the other. 

On top of that, the Party notes that many workers are unable to access adequate virus testing, medical treatment, or financial support to replace lost wages.

In addition, the Government’s vaccination mandate though championed by the government and many in the private sector, as the way to safeguard economic recovery, has been met with hesitancy and resistance in many quarters.The forum will be aired at 7:30 p.m. and carried live on Progressive Radio 107.3 FM and live-streamed via the MYUPP Facebook Page.