Unite today (Thursday 28 January) announced that it had settled matters regarding the employment tribunal of Martyn Reuby, a tutor who used to provide services for the union.
In a statement a Unite spokesman said: “Unite does not use zero-hours contracts and it is misleading to say so. Despite reports in the media to contrary, Mr Reuby had not given verbal evidence to the tribunal and had a sudden change of heart when he was due to be cross examined.
“Unite is confident that had the Tribunal proceeded it would have become evident that many of the expenses claimed by Mr Reuby, in the East Midlands, were questionable and would have given the union cause for his dismissal in any event. The union is also confident that his claims would have been found to be baseless.
“All litigation carries a risk and the cost in legal fees alone for Unite over what was likely to be a 10 day tribunal hearing would have far exceeded the settlement agreed by Mr Reuby. Therefore a pragmatic decision was taken by Unite to reach a settlement with Mr Reuby. The settlement amounted to approximately a tenth of the sum Mr Reuby was seeking, which in itself reflects the poor merits of the case brought against Unite.
“Unite insisted that there be no confidentiality as to the terms of settlement, or the amount involved. In reaching a settlement Unite has not accepted any liability and strongly refutes any suggestions that it has broken employment law.”
For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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.