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WESTERN ISLES OFFICER WINS CASE

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A former social work director at a Scottish islands authority this week won her claim for unfair dismissal at an in...
A former social work director at a Scottish islands authority this week won her claim for unfair dismissal at an industrial tribunal.

Norma Macleod took early retirement from Western Isles IC in February 1995 after a row over a social work overspend of more than £600,000.

Mrs Macleod later insisted she had been forced out. She claimed during the tribunal at Inverness that chief executive Brian Stewart had told her to 'disappear' or read about herself in LGC.

Mr Stewart maintained that Mrs Macleod had accepted she should take early retirement.

The tribunal has yet to make a decision on compensation, but indicated that it would deduct 45% from the sum. Western Isles convenor Donald Mackay said the decision to cut the compensation showed the tribunal had 'clearly attributed a significant measure of responsibility to Mrs Macleod for her departure'.

Mr Mackay said the council accepted the tribunal's decision, but he hoped the level of compensation would reflect the fact that Mrs Macleod had already received a 'substantial retirement package including discretionary payments'.

A claim for constructive dismissal by Mrs Macleod's former assistant director, Bernard Chisholm, who resigned in April 1995, was dismissed by the tribunal.

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