PressTV British firms have been criticized by the former head of the Territorial Army (TA) for refusing to employ reservists who have a part-time military role, which further affects recruitment in the country.
The Duke of Westminster warned British firms were less likely to employ TA soldiers due to the prospect of losing staff to training and active service.
The Duke also said firms that are foreign-owned are more likely to hire people who are active in the TA and may even pay their wages while they are on active service.
There is undoubtedly discrimination against someone who at interview says he is in the Territorial Army.
These days when you have to tick the boxes on the interview sheet, one of the questions is Are you in the Territorial Army .
(But) we are not allowed by legislation to say: Are you pregnant? Are you about to be pregnant? the Duke said.
In the future, the TA will have a bigger role in the British armed forces as the regular Army is cut by the UK government from 102,000 to 82,000 and reservist numbers increased to 30,000 as a plan for the army by 2020, making it the biggest restructuring of the military service for decades.
The Duke told the Daily Telegraph British employers should understand that the TA troops made a commitment to a lifestyle that involves the act to go out there and be shot at .
The actions of UK firms avoiding to recruit TA members, suggests that less citizens in Britain are likely to have a nationalistic approach to the country.
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By James Davey LONDON | Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:29am BST LONDON (Reuters) The British army could soon be marching on a stomach filled by Greggs if a trial for the country s biggest baker to supply savouries like Cornish pasties and sausage rolls works out, offering the company important new income in the downturn.
Greggs, based in Newcastle, northeast England, said on Monday it had launched a trial with the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI), the armed forces caterer, that will see it supply frozen savouries to the British military base in Gutersloh, Germany.
NAAFI currently serves Britain s military in Afghanistan, Ascension, Brunei, Germany, Gibraltar, The Falkland Islands and Northern Ireland, as well as on board Royal Navy ships.
Greggs, which sells sandwiches, savouries, bread, cakes and pastries to over 6 million customers a week, currently trades from about 1,600 UK stores, more than McDonald s.
But with Britain in recession it is seeking other ways of making money and has had success wholesaling frozen savouries through the Iceland chain of supermarkets, as well as opening franchise stores in motorway service stations and branching out into cafes.
Greggs will supply a range of seven frozen savouries to troops in Gutersloh.
These will be baked throughout the day by Greggs-trained NAAFI personnel and displayed in a Greggs branded savoury counter.
Greggs Chief Executive Ken McMeikan, a former Tesco and Sainsbury executive and Royal Navy veteran of the 1982 Falklands War, said if the 12-week trial was deemed a success the concept could be rolled out across the globe.
Shares in Greggs closed Friday at 500 pence, valuing the business at 506 million pounds.
(Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Hans-Juergen Peters)