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Complainant Name:
Mr Tom Brennan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Journal (Newcastle)

Complaint:

Mr Tom Brennan, Regional Secretary of the GMB Northern Region, complained that an article inaccurately reported the details of an Employment Tribunal which had been brought against the Union.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following correction: In a report of 23 June 2006, regarding the successful claim for unfair dismissal brought by Jane Brown against GMB Union, it implied that Mrs Brown won her claim because she had been bullied out of her job by Tom Brennan. In fact the Tribunal states that they were not asked to make a judgement on the reasonableness or otherwise of Mr Brennanís decision to take from Mrs Brown her political duties.

The tribunal also decided that in any event Mr Brennanís conduct was not the reason for the resignation. She succeeded because the GMB failed to progress her grievance, not because she had been bullied. We are happy to make the position clear and have apologised to Mr Brennan for the errors contained in the report.

Report: 73



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