22 October 2009
Employment tribunal hears claims of unfair dismissal
An employment tribunal taking place in Bristol has heard claims of unfair dismissal.
Former assistant manager of the city's Grand Pier Robert Evans, pavilion manager Thomas Sprackman, staff manager Malcolm Wood and other former workers Peter Chiarletti and John Parker allege they were the victims of unlawful treatment.
They lost their jobs after the 104-year-old pier suffered a fire in July last year.
Owners of the visitor attraction Kerry and Michelle Michael deny the allegations and say that the employees were offered and accepted generous voluntary redundancy packages in November 2008.
However, the claimants allege they were subject to unfair dismissal, breach of contract and unlawful deduction of wages.
Ms Michael denied that higher-earning staff at the pier, which is due to reopen during the summer next year, were selected for redundancy.
The final day of the tribunal occurred earlier this week and a decision on the matter is due to be made by the panel.