Oxfam ‘fired’ me, claims volunteer
Thursday 27th June 2013, 1:00PM BST.
OXFAM has ‘fired’ a volunteer who protested about an increase in the price of second-hand books.
Former teacher Bob Battye, 71, pictured, had been helping the charity for 11 years.
When he questioned the new pricing policy, he received an email telling him that his services were no longer required.
A statement from the charity denied any volunteer had been refused permission to assist them.
That was in stark contrast to the email Mr Battye received from the shop manager Sophie Rhodes, which informed him that his 11 years of helping out were at an end.
‘Based on our three recent meetings it is clear that you are currently unhappy volunteering at Oxfam, and that you are not prepared to follow the essential policies required by me as shop manager,’ it said.
‘Sophie and I had a coffee and spoke generally,’ said Mr Battye. ‘At no point did I say I wasnot prepared to follow the policies.’