mother of six sacked
By PETER CATON
A TWEED Valley mother of six has been "given the sack" by her landlord because she could not work while sick during her latest pregnancy.
Skye Ollington was thrown out of her own shop at Uki after she could not keep it open.
The Uki Village and District Residents Association (UKIRA) which runs The Old Buttery complex in the heart of Uki refused to renew her shop lease because she failed to maintain "reliable opening times".
Still depressed six weeks after giving birth to a baby girl, Ms Ollington yesterday helped her partner Badia and other children remove signs and clear out the Braja Raj Emporium.
The store, selling imported goods from India, had been the family's only income earner, apart from family benefits and social security.
Ms Ollington said she had wanted to build up the business to provide employment for both herself and her partner.
She has vowed to make a fresh start elsewhere but wants to protest at her treatment on "behalf of all mothers".
She said she was also terribly disappointed in the Uki community she had grown up in.
"I feel there was no compassion," she said. "It's unfair to treat mothers like this.
"I feel I've been discriminated against in pregnancy. I was chronically ill and couldn't open the shop."
In a letter in September UKIRA president Barry Longland ex-plained the decision not to renew Skye's lease:
"We have a duty to other tenants and the wider Uki community for the responsible management of the Buttery," he wrote.
"A variety of shops with reliable opening times is important to the long-term economic success of the Buttery."
Yesterday he said his association would have preferred not to make the decision it did and he realised Skye was "a wonderful mother".
"The issue was not primarily about Skye's ability to open the shop," he added. "It's about us being able to manage the buttery in a responsible way."