A UKIP North Yorkshire County Councillor has hit out at a government contractor who advertised a job at Harrogate Magistrates insisting applicants for the cleaning supervisor’s role speak Polish!
David Simister, who represents Bilton and Nidd Gorge on the authority, was contacted by a constituent complaining that even though well qualified for the position, his inability to speak the East European language prevented him from applying for the role!
The original advert advertised on the G4S website stated: “Candidates who can speak both English and Polish preferred to be able to communicate with the other members of staff”.
Even though the closing date for applications was Wednesday, October 8, an amended version is still displayed, minus the “Polish preferred” preference.
County Coun Simister, who is also UKIP PPC for Harrogate and Knaresborough, said: “Sadly the advert being changed is of no comfort to my constituent.
“And I bet he wasn’t the only one dissuaded from applying because they could not speak Polish.
“Instead of asking for an ability to speak Polish, those working for G4S should be able to speak English.
“If they can’t, how on Earth do they manage to fill out an application and pass an interview.
“This is clearly discriminatory and I have written to G4S chief executive Ashley Almanza demanding an explanation.”
County Coun Simister said the GMB Union were totally against stipulations like the one G4S had used in the Harrogate Magistrates’ Court advert.
It is currently involved in a case in Ireland, where a worker was allegedly not given an interview for a job on the grounds he could not speak Portuguese.
“I have also written to Justice Secretary Chris Grayling asking him to review G4S’s advertising policy, The question needs to be asked how many previous adverts have been worded like this?
“G4S have now changed the wording of the Harrogate advert, but this is little comfort to my constituent,” added County Coun Simister.