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Reverse Bidvest Banbury Sacking

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

GMB Ask Bidvest Directors To Reconsider Sacking Of Banbury Long Service HGV Driver No Longer Permitted To Drive Due To Heart Attack

Thankfully driver is on the way to a good recovery and looking to returning to work willing to do any work and even offering to take up a cleaning role says GMB

GMB, the union for logistics workers, is appealing to Bidvest senior directors to reverse a decision of managers of the Bidvest site in Banbury on 3rdNovember to sack Robert Morgan a GMB member with 23 year service because he no longer allowed to have HGV licence following a heart attack at work.

David Day, GMB Regional Organiser, said “In April this year whilst working on another Bidvest site Robert suffered a major heart attack. It appears his heart stopped, and although there was a defibrillator on site there was no first aider to use it. As this was a major Bidvest site, luckily there was an ambulance crew nearby and on arrival they were able to restart Robert’s heart.

Thankfully Robert is now on the way to a good recovery and looking forward to returning to work. However at a meeting yesterday (3rdNovember) local managers decided that because Robert’s HGV licence had been withdrawn he was no longer employable. So after over 23 years working for them he has been given notice and his employment terminated.

Local managers say that there is no other employment available based on a report that Bidvest commissioned and paid for. Robert was willing to do any work and even offered to take up a cleaning role.

I represented Robert at the recent meetings. He is totally shattered and very upset by what happened.

I am thoroughly disgusted at the heartless attitude of the local managers. It appears whoever you are, however loyal or however long you have worked for Bidvest you are just a dispensable clock number.

GMB will pursue this case in every way possible.  My first step is to appeal the senior directors to reverse this callous decision.“

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Contact: David Day 07957 251927 or Samantha Jones 07834416067 or 0121 550 4888 or GMB press office 07974 251823 or 07821 289880.

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