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Published on Thursday, November 14, 2019

Bill Munro was banned from Barrhead shops

Barrhead Travel found Bill Munro was banned from the company's shops for being 'disruptive', a tribunal heard yesterday.

Munro, who made £9 million when he sold the agency chain to US firm Travel Leaders, was accused of disrupting staff and discussing the deal.

Travel Leader CEO Ninan Chacko said Munro 'felt he had licence to do what he wanted in the business and interpreted everything as a licence for him to continue'.

"He was disruptive in our view and in Barrhead management's view. It was tantamount to wanting your cake and eating it, too," he said.

"He entered Barrhead premises at one point ostensibly to book a holiday but started discussing the (sale) situation with staff. It was ultimately disruptive to Barrhead and staff.

"It was thoroughly inappropriate. He was excluded from the stores."

Munro, 75, sold Barrhead for £36 million and was made redundant four months later. He was offered a new role but refused because he would lose the benefits of his 42 years of continuous service.

He is now suing the US firm for unfair dismissal and wants his job back. A five-day hearing began on Monday.

Earlier in the tribunal it was revealed that Jonathan Knapp, a senior vice-president with Travel Leaders, sent an email saying: "F*** him. I'm happy to acquiesce but my recommendation is to serve him notice day one after completion."

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