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Disabled GMB member who complained about being refused PPE reinstated after disciplinary charges

A DISABLED member of the GMB union suspended by his employer after asking for personal protective equipment (PPE) has had his disciplinary charges dropped, it emerged yesterday.

The man, who has not been named, has been told he can return to work by his bosses at outsourcing company ISS.

The refuse collector at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in London’s Woolwich had requested a face mask because he feared contracting Covid-19 and passing it on to his brother, who he lives with.

The company refused his request and, when he complained, he was told he would be disciplined because of his behaviour, according to Union News.

After a campaign by GMB he was finally reinstated by ISS, which also agreed to put in place “reasonable adjustment” measures to accommodate his disability.

GMB organiser Helen O’Connor said: “We are glad that ISS has done the right thing in dropping these charges and GMB will always work with employers to ensure that disabled members are fully supported in the workplace.”

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