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Whitchurch Silk Mill trustees tried to act fairly over manager sacking
1:00pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A TRUSTEE of Whitchurch Silk Mill has said the board tried to “act fairly” when dismissing the former manager.
As reported in The Gazette last Thursday, Stephen Bryer took his former employers at the mill, in Winchester Street, to an employment tribunal held in Southampton.
He accused them of unfairly dismissing him on the grounds of misconduct, and claimed to have felt “threatened”.
He believed the new board of trustees, appointed in July 2012 after the struggling mill stopped producing silk in December 2011, was trying to “dismantle” his job.
Tribunal judge Derek Reed upheld his complaint because the trust did not set out clearly its allegations in its letter of dismissal.
But he added that Mr Bryer had committed “gross misconduct” by destroying the trust between himself and the business.
The misconduct involved removing and failing to retrieve the register of members, which must stay in the address registered on Companies House; incorrectly calling an extraordinary general meeting without being asked to by the board of directors; and falsely notifying Companies House of the termination of all of the directors.
As a result, Mr Reed awarded no compensation to Mr Bryer or reinstatement to his former job.
Reacting to the result, Whitchurch borough councillor Keith Watts, who is a member of the mill’s trustees, said: “We bent over backwards to include Stephen in the new team at the mill and, when we found out what he was doing behind our backs, we took professional advice and tried our best to act fairly.
“The decision that the trust does not owe Mr Bryer any compensation is a vindication, and we can now get on with planning the successful future of the Silk Mill.”
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