(LifeSiteNews) — A group of airline employees in Canada banded together to fight mandatory COVID-19 jabs as a condition of employment in the aviation industry.
“We are a group of professional pilots, flight attendants and other aviation professionals who passionately believe in the right to travel freely. As such, we are ardent defenders of people’s right to explore the world, without the threat of arbitrary limitations, such as vaccination status,” reads the “Free to Fly” group platform.
“We believe personal autonomy is among the highest aspirations of every human being. For this to be realized, we must avoid unnecessary societal obligations, especially in the context of one’s health.”
According to the “Free to Fly” website, nearly 13,000 people have joined to date ranging from pilots, ramp workers, flight attendants, to corporate workers from Canada’s main airlines.
“We unequivocally support our passengers’ and colleagues’ rights and freedoms, and their freedom to fly. We vehemently oppose the dangerous and rapid trajectory being taken by corporations, academia and government, asserting ultimatums into the totality of life, including matters of inherently private choice. History speaks to the fearful places this leads,” reads the group’s website.
One of the group’s founders is commercial airline pilot Captain Derek Grigor, who currently works out of Alberta.
Grigor said the group does not consist of “anti-vaxxers,” but of people “frustrated” from their freedoms “being taken away.”
According to Grigor, Canada was “not built” by threatening airline professionals with over “30 years” of service into taking a COVID-19 jab. “So we’ve all joined together, and it’s pretty awe-inspiring actually,” said Grigor, as reported by the Epoch Times.
Canada’s second-largest airline, WestJet, recently announced that all of its employees must be “fully vaccinated against COVID-19” by October 30.
Those who refuse to comply will face “unpaid leave or termination of employment.” WestJet said it will consider accommodating “employees who are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 either through medical or other exemption.”
However, the airline also said it will not offer testing as an alternative measure, adding that “full vaccination status will be a requirement of employment for all future employees hired by the WestJet Group.”
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Air Canada announced a similar policy in late August.
A recent report by the Western Standard reveals that the labor group representing WestJet pilots has told those opposing the jab mandates to not disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status.
“Therefore, there is complete agreement within the MEC (Westjet Master Executive Council) that pilots should NOT disclose their vaccination status until there is an agreement between WestJet management and the Association outlining the parameters for doing so via a negotiated LOU (Letter of Understanding),” reads a letter.
Grigor noted in a Rebel News report that after Trudeau’s jab mandate for travel, “We said, enough is enough, we have to do something. And so that’s when we started up free to fly movement.”
“We as professional pilots and flight attendants are standing up for the passengers because who wants to get a vaccine passport just to go from Calgary to Saskatoon or Calgary to Vancouver? That’s affecting people’s businesses. It’s affecting their lives. It’s affecting their livelihoods,” said Grigor.
“And we want Justin Trudeau and the government of Canada to hear us loudly. This is in our medical freedoms that we’re talking about here,” said Grigor.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announced that starting in October, Canada will mandate COVID-19 jabs as a requirement to travel domestically by air, train, or boat.
Trudeau called a federal election for September 20 and has made COVID-19 jabs one of his main public speaking topics. He has said his government is working on “vaccination passports” with the provinces so that “everyone can be safe.”
He recently blamed non-jabbed Canadians for a “fourth wave” of the virus, while suggesting that vaccine passports and mandates are a type of “motivational” tool.
The People’s Party of Canada (PPC) under its leader Maxime Bernier opposes COVID-19 lockdowns, vaccine passports, and mask mandates.
President of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) John Carpay told LifeSiteNews that “discrimination against the unvaccinated is fear-based bigotry, not scientific.”
Health authorities in Canada have pushed vaccines over medications such as ivermectin, which some studies have shown can lead to statistical “reductions in mortality” if used to treat COVID-19.