BA uniform review welcomed by bishop

25-11-2006

BA uniform review welcomed by bishop
The Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, has praised British Airways (BA) employee Nadia Eweida for fighting for her right to visibly wear a cross while at work.

Although Ms Eweida lost her appeal against BA, the airline has stated that it will reconsider its uniform policy as "it has become clear that the policy will need to change in the light of the public debate".

Speaking to the BBC, the 132nd Bishop of London said: "I hope in some ways that this story is going to encourage more people to wear their cross to stand up in public for the historic faith of this country because they can certainly do so in a way that protects the rights of others as well as Christians."

In a statement the chief executive of BA, Willie Walsh, defended the airline, saying: "The recent debate about our uniform policy has unfairly accused BA of being anti-Christian. BA is proud of its uniform and proud of the diversity of its staff."

Ms Eweida, 55, had argued that she was effectively "forced" to take unpaid leave from her role as a check-in worker at Heathrow airport after refusing to conceal her cross.

BA's uniform review is to begin immediately and part of the review will include the suggestion by staff to allow the wearing of religious symbols as small lapel badges.



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