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Gerry Downing, Brent Trades Hall, 375 Willesden High Road, Nw10 2jr: Defend the right of Rastafarian bus driver to wear her colours at work.

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Gerry Downing, Brent Trades Hall, 375 Willesden High Road, Nw10 2jr: Defend the right of Rastafarian bus driver to wear her colours at work.
  
  

 


Why this is important

Marcia, a Metroline driver at the Perivale garage has been told that she is not allowed to wear a head covering in the colours of her Rastafarian belief (red, gold and green).
We think this is discrimination- in the same way that we would if a Muslim woman driver was told she could not wear a head scarf.
Marcia feels that for her to practice her religion, she needs to wear her colours-we support her in this choice.
Multiculturalism is something to be celebrated, not hidden.
Marcia had to face a grievance meeting with the company, which she sadly lost. It is time for drivers who support her to take a stand.
We call on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to intervene to help Marcia.
Marcia should not be forced to choose between her religious beliefs and her job-that's discrimination. We support her and call for her immediate return to work.
Marcia Carty needs the full support of all bus workers, trade unionists and progressive people in London and beyond. She is being victimised as a black Rastafarian woman whose only crime is to wear her colours. She has worn them for years, but now she is being prevented from starting work each day with her colours.
Download this petition and get it filled in by as many of your friends, union members or not, as possible. This clearly contravenes Unite’s Equalities policy and is possibly illegal. Unite needs to take firm action here.

Unite the union has given full support to Marcia. Regional Official John Murphy has issued a powerful statement of support and warning they will not tolerate religious discrimination.




Posted August 6, 2018
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