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Citigroup says Irish staff won’t have to get vaccine to keep their jobs

The Irish unit of global banking organization, Citigroup, has told staff in Ireland that they will not be required to get a Covid-19 vaccine to keep their jobs, the Sunday Business Post reports. 

The reassurance comes after the US unit of the banking titan caused controversy after it said it would fire employees at the end of January if they had not been vaccinated or received an exemption.

However, a vaccine mandate is not being considered in Ireland according to Cecilia Ronan, who heads up Citibank Europe. The Business Post reported that the news was communicated to staff in an internal  message last week.

“You may have seen that the Citi has implemented a vaccine mandate for US employees; please note that this is a US-only policy and is not being considered in this market,” Ms Ronan wrote.

Software Engineer, Ben  Shittu, who works with Citigroup’s HR Technology team in Dublin, went public with his concerns about mandated vaccinations last November, posting a YouTube video in November because he felt “compelled” to respond. “For those of you that are extremely concerned or feel like you have been failed by your managers, I would like you to know that you are not alone,” Shittu said.

Now, given the latest news for Citigroup Europe, the software engineer told Gript:

“We’ve seen many U-turns over the last couple of years from the Irish government, and recently a floating about of the idea of mandatory vaccination in Ireland and other EU countries – hence I take any reassurances coming from multinational corporations or the Irish government with a great deal of skepticism.

“Many things that were once considered unthinkable in Irish society have become a reality, all under COVID emergency powers, with little to no opposition.

“I believe it is time we begin holding our leaders accountable and demand the full restoration of hard-won individual rights and freedoms.”


Last week the US Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration from enforcing sweeping vaccine-or-test requirements for large private companies, leaving employers free to

The revelation that the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) was considering mandatory vaccination in Ireland led an Taoiseach, Micheal Martin, to say that the Covid-19 jab would remain voluntary.

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