Subway worker sacked for sharing a free drink with a friend

Bloggers Boycotting SubwaySubway worker, and Autonomous Workers Union member, Jackie Lang, has lost her job after the fast food outlet management accused her of stealing a drink of diet coke [Links to TV3 news video], even though she had the right to free soft drinks written into her employment agreement.

The Dunedin woman, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, was sacked after sharing her free diet coke with a friend while consoling her over a personal crisis and was told that the police had been contacted over the ‘theft’.

AWU Organiser Bill Clark says the dismissal was one of the worst he’s seen.

“The management didn’t even follow their own procedures or give her the chance for proper representation. Instead they called her in without telling her what the meeting was about, landed this trumped up claim on her and implied criminal charges had been laid against her when they had not.”

“We took out a personal grievance against Subway,” says Clark, “and they responded by taking the matter to the police – now Jackie’s up in court over the ‘theft’ of a free coke and facing thousands of dollars in legal costs. It’s ridiculous and vicious.”

The police have subsequently dropped the theft charges but Jackie is still without a job. There is lots of ways you can support Jackie:

  • You can make campaign donations to the AWU to help Jackie with her legal costs to KiwiBank account, 38 9003 0045483 00 with the reference SUBWAY.
  • You can boycott Subway until it gives Jackie her job back.
  • You can sign this online petition here and this one here.
  • And if you are in Dunedin why not support Jackie directly by contacting the AWU with your support, or donating to its ‘paper cup’ appeal.

(thanks to the EPMU for the story and Aucklander at Large for the graphic)

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