Cleaner sacked after failing to attend disciplinary hearing during lockdown

A cleaner at King’s College, London has been sacked after refusing to attend a disciplinary hearing because of the coronavirus outbreak.

United Voices of the World says its committee member, Percy, explained he could not attend because of the government’s social distancing guidelines, but the college proceeded with the hearing anyway.

The union said: “It went ahead in his absence without even letting him know or inviting him to attend via phone. The hearing would have had eight people cramped together in a small room in complete disregard of the government’s social distancing instructions.

“Percy explained the reasons for not attending and asked for the decision to be overturned and the hearing to be reconvened via phone or in person after lockdown. However, King’s have scandalously refused this request and have insisted on upholding his dismissal which now leaves Percy out of work and out of pocket.

“He will formally appeal but it could take months to hear and deliver an outcome. We will also take King’s to tribunal but that could take over a year. King’s need to be held to account now!”

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