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MONKLANDS REDUNDANCY 'NOT POLITICAL'

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An industrial tribunal has ruled that Monklands DC unfairly dismissed an employee. ...
An industrial tribunal has ruled that Monklands DC unfairly dismissed an employee.

The tribunal found the 'decision to dismiss [Thomas McFarlane, a former depot supervisor at the council] was not taken by any official or recognised committee or sub committee' of the council.

It had also mistakenly told Mr McFarlane there was no internal procedure for dealing with his complaints about the way he had been made redundant.

But the council said the tribunal's verdict showed Mr McFarlane had not been made redundant for political reasons despite press reports that he had.

The council, which denies Conservative allegations that it hired political cronies to council posts, said the ruling showed no political pressure had been put on Mr McFarlane's departmental director, James Dempsey, to make him redundant.

Mr McFarlane believed his call for a local Labour activist to resign had resulted in a plot to make him redundant.

The tribunal judged that 'no pressure was put on Dempsey to produce a report which would have the effect of ensuring that the applicant be dismissed.

'Dempsey drafted his report pursuant to his duty to assist the running of the district council as efficiently and economically as possible, particularly in view of the pressures imposed by compulsory competitive tendering'.

But in a secretly taped conversation Mr Dempsey described Mr McFarlane as having been 'a naughty boy in the past'.

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