Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Today is not the end

I had hoped that it would be - the end of a painful period for the Lions Housing Society, a period that has lasted almost three years. Last summer, after a long and expensive investigation, we sacked a caretaker for gross misconduct. He is taking the society to an industrial tribunal, alleging wrongful dismissal. The tribunal was to meet today, but on Friday our lawyers received a phone call saying the the authority that organises these tribunals (whoever or whatever it may be) had insufficient staff and that the hearing scheduled for today was to be postponed indefinitely. That means, of course, that the whole thing is still hanging over our heads and we are still pretty much in limbo.

Obviously the matter remains sub judice and there is no way that I could post details in a public forum such as this. But it is a big worry for others of our staff and I shall be glad when it's all over.

3 comments:

Uncle Skip, said...

Is it ever really the end?
I understand what you're saying, but I'm reminded of the Peggy Lee song, "Is That All There Is."
Then, of course, I benefit by being an uninvolved third party who can empathize because I have been in the same position as an employer. I can also appreciate that there is a place where a terminated employee may appeal when he feels he's been used unfairly.
The unfortunate thing is that it is totally unfair to all concerned that it can't be handled in a timely manner.

Brighton Pensioner said...

As you appreciate, it's the dragging on that is the problem.

Brighton Pensioner said...

the Peggy Lee song, "Is That All There Is."On the album "Fever". It's a good one.