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Dad of Three Homelessness Prevention Council Worker Launches Bus Advert to Save his Job

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Issued by the Christian Legal Centre.

Press Release

For Immediate Release

8 December 2009

Dad of Three Homelessness Prevention Council Worker Launches Bus Advert to Save his Job

 

A 53-year-old homelessness prevention worker has launched a London bus advertising campaign to rally public support to challenge his employer, Wandsworth Council’s decision to dismiss him for mentioning God in the workplace, and to win back his job in time for Christmas.

The bus adverts, which can now be seen on routes around and out of Wandsworth, will draw attention to the case of Duke Amachree, a married father of three children, who was suspended from his post in January, then dismissed after making a brief and compassionate comment involving the mention of God to a client.

Mr Amachree, who is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre who have instructed human rights barrister Paul Diamond, said: “It is wonderful for me and my family to be supported in this way by the Christian community. Just last Thursday we launched an on-line petition at www.justiceforduke.com and on day one alone 1,500 people signed up. I was speechless. I hope when people see the bus adverts even more will join the list.”

Andrea Minichiello Williams, Executive Director of the Christian Legal Centre and Barrister, said “we are honoured to be offering pro-bono help to Duke as one of our 45 live cases. We hope this campaign, which is attracting support from around the world, will help win Duke his job back in time for Christmas and also highlight the pressure Christians are coming under in 2009 in this country. We hope these bus advertisements will play their part.”

The Candlelit Prayer Vigil described on the bus adverts will be held outside Wandsworth Town Hall on 15th December from 4pm to 7pm – during which period the Council will be making its decision about Duke’s fate in an internal appeal hearing. All members of the public are welcome to attend to show their support.

ENDS

For Further information, daily blogs and updates as the case develops visit www.justiceforduke.com

For comment and interviews:

Chris Fermor, Development & Communications Manager, CLC 07545 696208

Libby Blaxall, Solicitor, CLC 07912 562996

Michael Philips, Solicitor, CLC 07739 094499

Duke Amachree – available for interview via Chris Fermor

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