15 July 2011
Coach driver granted right to pursue unfair dismissal claim
An unfair dismissal claim may be made by a bus driver after he was relieved of his duties following a road traffic accident.
According to The Courier, James Reilly was sacked from his role with National Express - a service that provides journeys nationwide for around 18 million passengers annually - when he collided into a footbridge at a hospital in Dundee.
No-one was injured during the accident - which occurred in November 2009 - but Mr Reilly was subsequently made redundant.
An initial pre-tribunal hearing informed him he had little chance of success, but the driver has now been granted the right to pursue redress for unfair dismissal following an appeal process in which he claimed to be only partly responsible for the crash.
The man says that he was not given adequate warning by his employer about a change of route on the journey in question, meaning the firm's negligence may have played a role in the accident.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett