Justice for Zara Senkan Leafleting at Trafalgar Square, Saturday 14th May 2011 from 10am

Leafleting will take place on Saturday 14th May 2011 outside The Original Tour company's shop, The Original London Visitor Centre, 17-19, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1Y 5BL, from 10am, in support of Zara Senkan, who was sacked by The Original London Sightseeing Tour Ltd.

The Original London Sightseeing Tour bus company dismissed Zara Senkan shortly after she put in a grievance about numerous instances of sex discrimination.

Zara worked for the company as a driver from April 2004, and Network Manager from April 2005, one of a team of six managing the operation of the tour bus service.

The work rota favoured male colleagues, giving Zara more than average late shifts. She received less overtime than male colleagues who requested it and so less earning potential. Zara felt habitually undermined by senior managers dismissing her reports prior to effective investigations. Staff were encouraged to make reports about her.

She first complained in 2008 and 2009, but no action was taken. Zara submitted a grievance for sex discrimination in August 2010. The company rejected the grievance in December, and in the same month suspended her, dismissing her two months later.

Zara said "I was bullied, harassed and victimised at The Original Tour. I felt humiliated, depressed and isolated and finally, SACKED, all because I spoke up about discrimination because I am a woman!"

Adza Mould, a former Traffic Manager at The Original London Sightseeing Tour company said "Management at Original Tour is by diktat, fear and intimidation. The diversity policy is just lip-service."

Regional Organiser, Steve Hedley said " It is my firm opinion that the managers concerned rather than sorting out the discrimination issues, instead chose to victimise Zara for complaining."

The RMT is supporting her Employment Tribunal claim of sex discrimination.

To send your support/request more information e-mail: justiceforzara@rmtlondoncalling.org.uk

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