Published on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Bill Munro taking legal action to get his job back

Bill Munro, the founder of Barrhead Travel, is suing the company for unfair dismissal and wants his job back.

Munro, now aged 75, was given the role of chairman when the Scottish agency chain was bought by US travel agency giant Travel Leaders Group in February 28.

But he was made redundant four months later when the new owners decided the position was no longer required.

A hearing starts on Monday at the Tribunal Office in Glasgow and is expected to last five days.

Stephen Miller, partner at law firm Clyde & Co which is representing Munro, told TravelMole: "Bill decided, with a great deal of reluctance, to sue the company he founded. He felt he had no choice following his unceremonious dismissal."

It is believed Munro is fighting for his position to be reinstated and for loss of earnings.

Representatives from Travel Leaders are understood to be flying over from the US for the tribunal.

Munro founded the Glasgow-based family business in 1975.

His daughter Sharon Munro was chief executive when the company was sold, but left the company in December 2018 'for personal reasons'.

She was replaced by Jacqueline Dobson who took over as president in January this year.

When contacted, a spokesman for Barrhead Travel and Travel Leasders Group said: "No comment will be made pending the forthcoming Employment Tribunal case." 

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