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Former Fife labourer’s unfair dismissal claim rejected

Former Fife labourer’s unfair dismissal claim rejected

An ex-joinery labourer lost his claim of unfair dismissal when an employment tribunal ruled his employers had not breached his contract of employment.

Martin Tibbles, of Annsmuir Park, Ladybank, had also waited too long before resigning from MMR Ltd of Strathmiglo.

His last day at work was October 26 2012, when he went off sick. He received the outcome of his grievance complaint against the company on November 2 but he did not resign until January 29 2013.

His doctor had indicated he was fit to attend a grievance appeal hearing and tribunal chairman Ian McFatridge said Mr Tibbles had delayed too long in resigning.

There had been disagreements between Mr Tibbles and his superiors in the company and Mr Tibbles had started grievance procedures.

A meeting was held but three days later the manager who had been a subject of the grievance collapsed at work and died.

Some of the complaints were upheld but one alleging Mr Tibbles had been threatened and bullied was not continued “due to the current circumstances”.

Mr Tibbles was unhappy with the outcome and a grievance appeal hearing was set, but his solicitor wrote to the company on January 29, stating his client regarded his contract of employment as having been cancelled because of the company’s actions.

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