According to media reports Asda have summarily dismissed an employee (that is, have determined he has committed an act of gross misconduct) for sharing a clip on social media of Billy Connolly criticising religion (and, as is his normal form, doing it with an expletive laden lexicon). The clip in question is apparently this (although … Continue reading You’ve got to be joking?
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has this week upheld the decision of an employment tribunal that the RMT union directly discriminated against a union member when, by applying its own union rules, it refused the member the opportunity to stand for the union's national executive committee (NEC) because of the member's age. In RMT v Lloyd the … Continue reading RMT lose age discrimination case brought by union member
Does the failure to give a dismissed employee a right to appeal against that dismissal make it unfair?
FBU expels trade unionist from its NEC
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In 2002 the European Court of Human Rights decided the case of Wilson v UK and found that UK trade union legislation was contrary the Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights - in particular, at paragraph 48 of Wilson the ECHR found that by permitting employers to use financial incentives to induce … Continue reading Court of Appeal Restricts Effectiveness of Trade Union Negotiation
Last year the BBC ran a story on what it described as a 'landmark' case on whether veganism, or more specifically, ethical veganism was a religion or belief for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010. The factual background to the case is that the Mr Casamitjana was dismissed by his employer, the League Against … Continue reading Veganism and discrimination
In order to make a valid unfair dismissal complaint an employee needs to begin the employment tribunal claims process (nearly always by starting the ACAS Early Conciliation process) within three months of their effective date of termination (EDT). Therefore, establishing what the EDT is among the primary duties of any union rep when advising whether … Continue reading The Effective Date of Termination (Dismissal)