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    Council worker faces sack for flag tribute to soldiers...

    betty swollocks
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    Council worker faces sack for flag tribute to soldiers...

    Post by betty swollocks on Sat 24 Mar 2012 - 20:07

    A council worker could face the sack
    after he lowered the town hall flag in memory of six British soldiers
    who died in Afghanistan - despite it proudly flying a rainbow banner in
    support of gay rights just weeks before.
    seen Bassetlaw District Council in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, show its
    support for good causes and agreeing to fly the symbolic rainbow flag
    last month, the unnamed worker lowered the council's own flag to half
    mast as a gesture to the soldiers.
    But the employee, an ex-serviceman himself, was served with disciplinary papers alleging 'gross misconduct'.
    It is thought he is also being quizzed
    for failing to carry out a 'thorough health and safety assessment'
    before lowering the flag on Tuesday, the day in which the bodies of the
    six soldiers killed in a car bomb were flown home.

    Those close to the employee, who is
    said to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder following his own
    deployment, are now concerned about the impact of his reprimand.

    Speaking to the Sun a friend of the employee, said: 'This is an outrage.

    'The council knows about his stress disorder.'
    'They promote gay rights but have piled into an ex-serviceman for honouring six guys who died fighting for their country.
    'This has sent the guy into bad depression.'

    Decisions about when it is appropriate
    to lower the flag continue to be shrouded in confusion as the flag of
    the local Mercian Regiment was at half-mast over the town hall yesterday
    - in honour of a soldier killed on Wednesday.
    The deaths of Sgt Nigel Coupe, 33, Cpl
    Jake Hartley, 20, Pte Anthony Frampton, 20, Pte Christopher Kershaw,
    19, Pte Daniel Wade, 20, and Pte Daniel Wilford, 21, were the single
    biggest loss of British life in Afghanistan since 2006 and took the
    total number of British military fatalities since 2001 to more than 400.
    Their bodies were flown back to Britain early this week an in Oxon more than 2,000 people turned out to pay their respects.

    Five of the men were from
    3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment and a sixth was attached from 1st
    Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s regiment

    A spokesman for the council wouldn't be drawn on the incident but said: 'We have a strong association with the Mercians.
    'It is policy to lower the flag in the tragic event of loss of life.'

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    Daily Mail


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    Re: Council worker faces sack for flag tribute to soldiers...

    Post by Gypsy on Sun 25 Mar 2012 - 0:58

    I don´t object at all to them flying the rainbow flag but if they do then they cannot possibly discriminate against others. This is outrageous and someone should have the bottle to tell them so.

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    Re: Council worker faces sack for flag tribute to soldiers...

    Post by Topdog on Sun 25 Mar 2012 - 10:15

    The ones that pay the friggin councillors wages should have the say on who is disciplined, bye councillors.

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