PM gives BA boss frank advice over cross case

Tony Blair has hinted at his disapproval of the decision to sack a British Airways worker because she refused to give up her cross.

The case of Nadia Eweida came under the spotlight again last week after she lost an appeal against BA who banned her from wearing the small cross necklace over her uniform.

It was the airline’s chairman Martin Broughton who quizzed Mr Blair on his views of the company’s policy at the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference in London today.

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The Prime Minister was reluctant to condemn the airline outright, saying that the issue of uniforms was “really difficult”.

However, he said he would be “frank” with the BA chief, adding: “I am a fan of the airline and a fan of its management, but some things arise in a certain way and you are best to do the sensible thing – know what I mean?”

The airline agreed to review its policy at the end of last week following growing criticism of the stance taken against the 55-year-old employee.

Ms Eweida, from Twickenham in south west London, has made a final appeal against BA, which is expected to be heard in the next few weeks.

She was forced to take unpaid leave last month until the matter was resolved, after refusing to remove her cross. She had been asked to take it off because it did not conform to the staff uniform policy banning all jewellery.

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Ruth Holmes, This is Local London, Nov. 27, 2006, http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk

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