Claims for unfair dismissal defended

By on 17/12/2010 in News

Councillor Alan Rudge, representing Birmingham City Council, welcomed news that the city council has successfully defended claims for unfair dismissal brought by Unison in an employment tribunal.

Four of the five unions backing these claims withdrew their claims shortly before the hearing commenced on 1 November 2010, having continued these proceedings for well over two years.

The unions involved were GMB, Unite/Amicus and UCATT who represented some 550 claimants. This in itself was a significant result for the city council and an acknowledgement by these four unions that the dismissal of their members complied with all statutory requirements including individual consultations.

The announcement of a unanimous dismissal of the claims brought by the one remaining union, Unison, has vindicated the approach taken by the city council

Just under 12 months ago UCATT, UNITE, GMB and Unison all accepted that there had been adequate collective consultation and withdrew proceedings for a protective award.

Speaking about the outcome, Cllr Alan Rudge, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Human Resources, said: “The City Council has always maintained that their Pay and Grading Review was fair and that unions and employees alike were appropriately consulted throughout.

“The council is at a complete loss in seeking to understand why the unions have pursued claims without merit against the council at huge cost to the public purse, when they are aware that the council has an expectation to deliver huge efficiency savings over the next 2 – 3 years.

“Such action by the unions serves no purpose other than to waste scarce public resource and further jeopardise the future job security of their members.”

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