Britain’s largest union, Unite today (Wednesday 12 February) announced that it had started employment tribunal proceedings on behalf of the sacked Ineos convenor Mark Lyon.
The tribunal is being asked to find that Mark Lyon was unfairly dismissed for reasons relating to the representation he provided as a trade union convenor. Ineos convened a disciplinary hearing despite Mark being off work with stress.
Unite announced that it had taken the step of asking the tribunal to make an interim finding in Mr Lyon’s favour in order to avoid the financial hardship he will face between now and the final hearing.
Unite regional secretary Pat Rafferty said “Our members in Ineos have lost a valued colleague and representative in Mark Lyon and the allegations about his treatment by the company are now before an employment tribunal.
“Despite Ineos’ claims of wanting to draw a line under matters at the Grangemouth complex, it recently cancelled arrangements to pay union subscriptions from Unite members’ wages.
“Such negative action by the company has not deterred the workforce from continuing their membership of Unite via direct debit in their hundreds, as they seek to regroup and move on.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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Notes to editors
• Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.