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Wilko Worker Wins Award And Gets Sacked

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

GMB WEST MIDLANDS WILKO WORKER WINS PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY – BUT GETS SACKED

It’s of grave concern to GMB how she has since been treated by her employer for fighting for such cause

A GMB Wilko worker has won a prestigious national award for health and safety – but been sacked by the company.

Teresa Farmer, picked up the gong at TUC’s 150th congress in Manchester this week.

She was commended for her ‘astounding’ work improving conditions in Wilko, Birmingham.

When her manager blocked her moves to make the store safer for workers she escalated her complaints – which including lone working, providing first aid boxes and safely disposing of bodily fluids – regional management who ruled in her favour.

But despite her efforts - she was sacked by the store following an argument with a supervisor.

GMB says she was dismissed because of her trade union activities and are taking the case to appeal.

Ian Edwards, GMB Organiser, said:

“I am so proud of Teresa for what he has achieved in her workplace, in improving working conditions for herself and her colleagues.

“I immensely proud of her achievement – but it’s of grave concern to me and GMB how she has since been treated by her employer for fighting for such a cause.”

Teresa Farmer said:

“I’ve never won anything before in my life and to win the award for health and safety is a very proud moment for me.

“I’m a mum with four grown up kids so common sense is a great big part of health and safety awareness and I just knew that things were missing that should have been there.

“But despite working hard to make conditions better for my colleagues, to find the company has sacked me is incredibly upsetting.”

ENDS

Contact:  Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

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