Support for Sacked Subway Worker in Belfast

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Subway Sack Young Pregnant Migrant Worker

By signing this petition I support the call for Subway to:-
immediately reinstate the pregnant worker,
reimburse her for loss of earnings,
compensate her for the injury to feelings,
treat all workers fairly.

Natalia Szymanska, a 19-year old Polish woman was sacked from Subway in Belfast in her fifth month of pregnancy on a dubious charge of being in breach of the companys health and safety policy.

Subways Reason for Dismissing Natalia

Extract from the letter dismissing Natalia signed by the Managing Director Subway:

The following Health and Safety regulation was blatantly disregarded:

The only personnel allowed to be on the premises are those members of staff that are on duty and clocked in to do the opening and closing duties. () No unauthorised members of staff, friends or family members are to be on the premises.

I listened to your explanations at the hearing but you failed to provide any mitigating circumstances and I have to take into account the fact that you are employed in a position of trust and responsibility. There is no doubt that Andrzej [Natalias partner, also Subways supervisor] was present in store without authorisation as this was shown on our CCTV, you therefore disregarded the Health and Safety regulations and as such we have lost trust and confidence in you in your position of Supervisor. As a consequence therefore, I have decided that your employment should be terminated.

It is Natalias representatives view that the appeal conducted by the Financial Director of Subway was not fair as it did not address the central point of Natalias case, i.e. that senior management previously accepted that Natalias partner, who was also a Subway employee, regularly came to the shop as she was pregnant.

One month after she informed the employer that she was pregnant Natalia was sacked.