Worker wins dam­ages

Stan Reid awarded £29,000 af­ter Miche­lin sacked him

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY JON BRADY AND ADAM HILL

Stan Reid, a pro­duc­tion worker at the firm’s Dundee fac­tory, was sub­jected to “egre­giously un­fair” treat­ment at the hands of his bosses af­ter the deaths of three friends.

He had taken leave in Fe­bru­ary last year fol­low­ing the death of Ralph Smith, 18, and the killing of David Sor­rie and mur­der of Julie McCash.

Miche­lin bosses sacked Reid af­ter a photo show­ing him at­tend­ing a gin fes­ti­val sur­faced on Face­book. He had at­tended the event at his girl­friend’s sug­ges­tion in or­der to de-stress.

How­ever, a tri­bunal has or­dered Miche­lin to pay Mr Reid £29,485.45 — and may yet fine Miche­lin £5,000 for breach­ing the worker’s rights.

To­day Mr Reid, 41, said he was “de­lighted” and was now hop­ing to put a painful year be­hind him.

He said: “I’m just glad it’s all come to an end. I feel I was bul­lied out of my job, but now I’m glad it’s over.

“Miche­lin had al­ready made up their minds about me be­fore I was al­lowed to speak. I spent al­most 15 years at that com­pany and took just 16 days off sick in that time.

“They took my liveli­hood from me, a job I was re­ally good at.”

Miche­lin has pledged to re­view its dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dures in light of the rul­ing.

Mr Reid con­tin­ued: “They have pro­ce­dures in place but as this out­come shows they were not fol­lowed. They need looked at — I have friends and fam­ily who still work at Miche­lin.”

Mr Reid’s lawyer, Ryan Rus­sell, of Muir Myles Laverty (MML), said the rul­ing was a “mas­sively im­por­tant vic­tory”, adding: “Stan was dis­grace­fully let down by his em­ployer in the worst mo­ment of his life. I hope this serves to raise aware­ness among the pub­lic about peo­ple who suf­fer from men­tal health is­sues.

“Peo­ple should not be hid­ing un­der bed cov­ers or con­fined to their home if they are un­well — fact. The judg­ment is damn­ing for Miche­lin on every level.”

Mak­ing his de­ci­sion, tri­bunal judge Peter Walling­ton QC found Mr Reid to be an “en­tirely cred­i­ble” wit­ness and slammed Miche­lin bosses.

The tri­bunal judge will ac­cept writ­ten sub­mis­sions from Miche­lin and MML on whether to im­pose a £5k fine.

John Reid, fac­tory man­ager at Miche­lin, said: “Pro­vid­ing a sup­port­ive work­ing en­vi­ron­ment is an ab­so­lute pri­or­ity for Miche­lin, so we are ob­vi­ously ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed and con­cerned that the tri­bunal found that not to be the case in this in­stance.”

A MICHE­LIN worker who was un­fairly sacked while on leave fol­low­ing a triple tragedy has been awarded nearly £30,000 by a tri­bunal.

Stan Reid, a pro­duc­tion worker at Miche­lin’s Dundee fac­tory, who has been awarded £29,485 in dam­ages by a tri­bunal.

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