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RIGHTS OF BRITISH AIRWAYS EMPLOYEES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 2771A1: tabled on 19 October 2006

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 3 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by David T. C. Davies on 17 October 2006. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

leave out from `House' to end and add `recognises that British Airways is entitled to impose a dress code on its staff which may include a bar on wearing necklaces outside their uniform; further recognises that such a uniform code ought not prevent staff from visibly wearing items of clothing or accessories which have religious basis where these do not present a health and safety hazard, cannot be hidden, for example turbans and hijabs, and are a formal requirement rather than just an expression of belief; notes that, in the case of the wearing of crucifixes on chains, these are not a requirement for religious adherents and also can be hidden under the uniform; therefore rejects the idea that such a uniform code amounts to discrimination; and believes that there is no justifiable basis for a claim of unfair treatment, human rights violations or discrimination in this case.'.

Original motion text

That this House regrets the fact that, while British Airways (BA) has allowed employees who are adherents to different faiths to express their beliefs in the form of items of clothing and jewellery, it has denied Christian employees the right to wear crucifixes about their person; and calls on BA to abandon this apparent discrimination towards its Christian workforce and ensure that members of all faiths are treated equally in the future.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.