By Anna Ellis • 26 May 2022 • 15:29
Watchdog launches probe into Pontins over concerns about racial discrimination against travellers. Credit Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0
Pontins has been accused of banning 40 customers with common Irish surnames to stop suspected traveller families booking holidays at its parks according to Powys County Times.
The UK’s equality watchdog has launched a formal probe into Pontins amid claims of racial discrimination against gypsies and travellers, it came after a whistleblower revealed it was using an “undesirable guests” list to exclude Gypsies and Travellers and was operating a discriminatory booking policy.
The whistleblower said that Pontins told staff to monitor calls and refuse or cancel bookings made by people with an Irish accent or surname, while Pontins’ commercial vehicle policy excluded Gypsies and Travellers from its holiday parks.
Last year, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission signed a 12-month legally-binding agreement with Pontins’ parent company Britannia Jinky Jersey Limited to prevent racial discrimination.
But the watchdog cancelled the agreement in February amid suspicions that Pontins has not taken ‘required steps’ to quash discrimination.
Investigators will explore whether Pontins has committed race discrimination against gypsy and traveller guests, prospective guests or their associates in how it provides its services.
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Would Pontins not have taken this stance for a reason? Presumably they had experienced problems with travellers previously, as many communities have. They are not exactly known for being law abiding. Just read about how a group of travellers terrorised Cromer a few years ago – it was awful. Pontins don’t want that happening to them.
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