Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 16°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Great Tey: Dinner lady’s two-year fight for justice ‘one step closer’

18:46 12 February 2013

Former primary school dinner lady Carol Hill says she is one step closer to justice following a two-year battle.

Former primary school dinner lady Carol Hill says she is one step closer to justice following a two-year battle.

Archant

A PRIMARY school dinner lady sacked after telling a parent her daughter had been bullied has won the latest stage of her case against unfair dismissal.

Unison said Carol Hill, of Great Tey, near Colchester, was now in line for compensation after a two-year battle.

She was sacked from her £30-a-week lunchtime job at Great Tey Primary School in 2009 after telling a parent she had found her daughter tied to a fence with whip marks to her legs.

An employment tribunal found two years ago that she had been unfairly dismissed, but added later that she had contributed to her dismissal, so her compensation would be reduced.

Unison said that the Employment Appeal Tribunal had upheld all grounds of appeal, so the level of compensation must be considered again.

Mrs Hill, of Chappel Road, said: “I am delighted with the outcome. This appeal has never been about money, but about protecting the children in my care and my right to speak out about what I witnessed at school that day.

“It has been a very stressful ordeal but I feel a step closer to justice.”

Mrs Hill, who had worked at the school for seven years, was on duty when the pupil was tied up to a fence with a skipping rope by boys and was crying.

Later, while working as a volunteer leader at the local Beaver Scouts, Mrs Hill met the girl’s parents and explained what had happened. The parents reported the incident to the police and withdrew their child from the school.

The school claimed that Mrs Hill broke confidentiality by talking about the incident to the girl’s parents, and then committed gross misconduct when she spoke to the media about her subsequent suspension.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, said: “Carol has been put through a terrible ordeal by the school and lost a job she truly loved. The value of someone being free to speak out against injustice must be upheld and this decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal strengthens and clarifies this important principle.

“Unison has long campaigned for staff to be able to speak up when they see wrongdoing in the workplace.

“This important principle was highlighted very recently in the Francis Report into Mid-Staffordshire Hospital. Staff must be able to raise concerns without fear of recrimination in order to protect the people in their care.”

1 comment

  • Two Years !, to get Justice !, just about sums this country up ! Whatever happened to 'commonsense ??

    Report this comment

    freedomf

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

England's Harry Martin in 2014.

The greatest sporting spectacle on the planet is almost upon us once again.

An East of England Ambulance Service Trust vehicle. Photograph Simon Parker

An elderly woman was taken to hospital on Sunday after she collided with a car in Beccles which then did not stop.

Abellio Greater Anglia

A person has been pronounced dead after being struck by a train near Needham Market station.

Cupola House, in Bury St Edmunds

A steak and lobster restaurant from Southend is understood to be moving into the newly-renovated Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds.

It's hot up there!

You know it’s hot when your thighs stick together. For men out there, it’s more of a woman thing, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Voters at Whiting Street EU polling station, Bury St Edmunds.

Around 7% of people who voted for Brexit in Suffolk and north-east Essex now regret their decision, a poll by this newspaper has found.

Emma Young, assistant nurse at St Helena Hospice in Colchester.

The hospice star who moved staff and patients to tears with a beautiful Adele rendition which has gone viral has said she would relish the chance to release a Christmas song for the charity.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24