An employee of Morrisons in Holyhead has been prevented form speaking Welsh at work according to Cymdeithas yr Iaith. The employee who has since left his job because of the policy said that he couldn't tolerate the situation any more.
Currently (with the Welsh Language LCO sitting on the WASC desks) there are no linguistic rights for Welsh speakers and so no legal avenues can be explored by the employee. But even the LCO only contains the freedom to speak Welsh in the workplace, not the right to speak Welsh in the workplace. This case will undoubtedly lead Cymdeithas yr Iaith to call for the LCO to be amended and strengthened, and will surely provide ammunition to those about to face scrutiny by the WASC about the LCO (a lot of abbreviations there sorry).
Going on past history (Thomas Cook anyone?) I can forsee a few picket lines outside Morrisons and I doubt the manager, who foolishly told this employee to stop speaking Welsh, will have foreseen what's likely to be coming his way.
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