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Daniel White Should Keep His Job!

December 2, 2013

It is particularly shocking that he is the only employee being made redundant. Read this, IDS. Read this, those who closed Remploy.

A disabled park gardener who has never missed a day’s work is to lose the job he loves after 27 years.

Daniel White, 44, has been tending lawns and paths in his home town since he was 17.

But he faces redundancy in 11 weeks after a new firm took over the parks contract.

Relatives of Daniel, who has learning difficulties , launched an online petition to save his job and backing has poured in from 6,000 people in Britain, the US, Australia and Italy.

His mum Rachel Williams said yesterday: “It’s so cruel. This job is all he knows and he absolutely loves it. He does all the hand-cutting of the grass, keeps the play areas clear and does the litter picking.

“He said the other day ‘Mum, I don’t think I’ll ever get over this.’ It broke my heart.”

Daniel was originally hired by the town council in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, to spruce up Collett Park. He kept his job when a private firm took over in 2002.

But last November Landscape Group won the contract.

Now park staff will be part of teams covering a wider area.

Daniel cannot drive and support workers say it will be unsafe safe for him to be employed in some locations.

He is believed to be the only worker facing redundancy.

Petition signatory Marylou Gillingham wrote from Australia: “Never late in 27 years and they let him go. Disgusting.”

Charity Robertson, of Oregon, US, said: “Having a disability, I know how important it is to maintain a normal life.”

Vicky Blanch from Oz demanded: “What’s wrong with the bloody country?”

Landscape Group said it had spent a year trying to find a safe place for Daniel to work and added: “We regret we have had to lose this employee.”

See the petition here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2013 10:54 am

    Daniel White should be looking to live in a better country that’s what i would be doing if it were me and with a good press at this time on his case he could well make it in oz for example

  2. Steve permalink
    December 2, 2013 11:00 am

    This sounds like disability discrimination. He should get legal advice ASAP.

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