Bus driver sacked for being at birth of his son

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A South Yorkshire bus driver was sacked – because he left work early to be at the birth of his son.

Shaun Hooley, aged 38, was a driver for Tates Travel in Barnsley and was four hours into his shift when he got the call to say his partner Rebecca had gone in labour.

Shaun a driver for the past 17 years, called Tates, based in Barugh Green, and asked for someone to cover the rest of his shift.

However, after ‘getting nowhere’ with his bosses, Shaun decided to drive back to the depot anyway – only to be told when he arrived he had ‘sacked himself’ by doing so.

Shaun, of Beeston Square, Athersley North, said: “Obviously I wanted to be there for the birth of my first son, what father wouldn’t want that?

“I’m angry and upset. I was sacked, but I did get to the hospital in time for the birth of Jacob.”

Graham Mallinson, Tates Travel managing director, said: “We told him we would get a relief driver and at 9.40am we had one.

“He came back to the depot a little after 10am with an empty bus and was told he was in breach of his contract and was dismissed.”