16 March 2012
Employee wins unfair dismissal tribunal against council
An employment tribunal has ruled in favour of a bin wagon driver who took action against a local authority on the grounds of unfair dismissal.
According to the Manchester Evening News, John Kelly was sacked from his role by Salford council in September after he was accused of assaulting his boss Robert Myrtle during an argument between the pair.
However, the 54-year-old union shop steward contested this decision and insisted he had merely brushed past the manager in a narrow corridor as the heated debate ensued.
Mr Kelly's union Unite claimed during the tribunal hearing in Manchester that he had been fired on the grounds of assault even though his employer did not clarify whether or not such an incident actually occurred.
The case ended in the professional's favour and he commented: "I am delighted with the decision. The last few years have been extremely stressful but my name has now been cleared and I've recovered my pension."
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Posted by Francesca Witney