Protest at AA head office over job cuts

Union members and disability activists are holding a protest outside the head office of the AA in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

The GMB union has complained to the Disability Rights Commission that the AA is targeting disabled staff to bear the brunt of job cuts.

The AA has strenuously denied the claim. The company has also set up its own internal union for staff and ceased to recognise the GMB.

Paul Maloney, a union representative, told the BBC News website: “The purpose of today’s protest is to bring to the public’s attention that the AA is maximising membership and sales and minimising staff.”

The AA said 400 under-performing roadside recovery staff had been offered a choice between £18,000 redundancy or training.

Martin Sawkins, HR director at the AA, said: “Any employee with a disability has full access to a range of occupational health support and assistance. This includes positive adjustments to their working practices, conditions, equipment, and performance targets to reflect their individual circumstances.”

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