Tuesday, 18 March 2014


Nothing to do with employment law I know,  but I'm proud to be a
Hebden Bridge resident,  and keen to support the local businesses to
promote this once in a lifetime opportunity.   I'm not even remotely
interested in cycling, other than, like I expect the rest of the country in 2012, watching our athletes at the Olympics. BUT,   here is the world's most famous cycle race on our doorstep!

Bus driver gets £37,000 for unfair dismissal

BUS crash PIC
Belfast Bus Crash

Bus driver gets £37000 unfair dismissal payout after crash!

A bus driver who blacked out causing his double decker to crash and topple over in Belfast has won a claim for unfair dismissal, it has emerged. Former Translink employee Ernest Wardlow was awarded more than £37,000 in compensation. About 30 people were injured when the bus overturned on the city’s Albert Bridge on 14 August 2011.              After his black-out and a subsequent one at work, Mr Wardlow was redeployed to a position as a cleaner.                            The tribunal concluded that he had been redeployed into a significantly different post from his own job and this amounted to unfair dismissal.                 It said the bus company acted unfairly when they redeployed Mr Wardlow “on what appears to have been a take it or leave it basis”.       Translink was ordered to pay him £37,585.50 in compensation.                                                          A further claim on the part of the driver on the grounds of disability discrimination failed.  No-one was killed in the accident.   Cutting equipment was used to free Mr Wardlow, who was badly injured, from the bus.      Nine people were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, including the bus driver. Another 10 people attended the City Hospital, while eight were taken to the Mater Hospital.
Comment:  It would seem then if an employee is so potentially dangerous to the public, that the employer takes him off driving and finds him something else where he is less of a threat, then that’s unfair dismissal is it?    What if they’d let him carry on driving, and he killed someone,  they’d be prosecuted for negligence!