December 2012: A new ruling by a High Court judge says that Christians have no right to decline working on Sunday as it is not a “core component” of their beliefs, considering that „many Christians work on Sundays”.
Opponents say the decision puts Christians at a disadvantage to other religions. The 57 year-old Celestina Mba, from Streatham Vale, south London, is an active member of a Baptist church. Before Celestina began working for Brightwell Children’s Home in London, she agreed with her employers that she would not work on Sundays in accordance with her Christian beliefs. The Tribunal expressly found that Ms Mba thought that she genuinely believed that her religious position would be accommodated in full. However, the Council changed the arrangement after she commenced her employment and said that the arrangement was temporary, forcing her to choose between her job or her Christian observance. Celestina tried hard to make things work and said she would be happy to accept less pay or to work night or Saturday shifts. Colleagues offered to take on her shifts on Sundays. The Council chose not to accept these offers.
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