The Christian electrician who won the right to display a palm cross in his work van has been suspended from his job, it emerged last night.
After a public outcry over the case, he won an agreement with his employer, Wakefield District Housing, in April that he could return to work.But last night he accused WDH, where he has worked for 15 years, of failing to honour the agreement.
Is that a shock? Let’s look at the behaviour of this company, shall we?
Mr Atkinson had proudly displayed the cross in his van for over a decade, but last year – following an anonymous complaint – he refused to remove itand was threatened with the sack.Managers told him it was ‘unacceptable’ to display the 8in symbol of his faith in the van in case it upset ‘diverse’ housing association tenants.
There was outrage after it emerged a colleague, who is a Muslim, is allowed to display a verse from the Koran in the car she uses for work, while other staff are allowed to wear company burkas.
One manager was allowed to keep a poster of communist revolutionary Che Guevara in his office.
So, did you really think they’d take your victory lying down?
He was then suspended last week after speaking to the media about what happened to him.
‘I’ve got a right to speak out in the national interest, the interest of the British public and a right to defend myself,’ he said.
‘They said it was a breach of confidentiality that has precipitated an irreversible breakdown in relations.’
Frankly, you’d be better off finding a more reputable company. Who’d want to work for people like this?