18 April 2012
Ex-bus driver granted unfair dismissal damages
Compensation has been awarded to an ex-bus driver who took his former employer to a tribunal on the grounds of unfair dismissal.
According to The Courier, Graeme Bannan took legal action against National Express Dundee - part of the National Express group, which employs 40,000 people globally - after he was sacked following a road traffic accident in April 2011.
Mr Bannan crashed into a stationary car in the centre of Dundee and claimed this incident had occurred solely because of a throttle failure on the vehicle, but was fired due to the company's belief he was at fault.
At the time of the collision, the professional was praised for his reactions and quick-thinking as he managed to avert a serious accident with more than 30 passengers on board.
And an investigation into the state of the bus revealed the throttle was indeed broken, meaning Mr Bannan was entitled to compensation for his unjust dismissal.
''I was in shock but I wasn't given any counselling or anything and they just kicked me when I was down," he said.
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Posted by Emily Swanson