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Published on Sunday, November 17, 2019

Barrhead tribunal latest

Barrhead founder Bill Munro will have to wait until next month to know if he will win any damages in his unfair dismissal claim, and if he can have his job back.

Munro, aged 75, claims he was unfairly sidelined from the business after he sold it to US travel agency giant Travel Leaders.

Earlier in the tribunal, he had broken down in tears as he talked about how a heart condition had prompted him to sell the business.

Munro was made redundant from his advisory role four months after the £36 million sale, in which he walked away with £9 million.

At an industrial tribunal in Glasgow last week, Travel Leaders management claimed Munro had been 'disruptive' to staff and had refused to let go, believing he was dispensable.

The tribunal heard that Munro had refused to sign a new contract because it would have meant he lost the benefits of 42 years' continual service at the agency he set up in 1975.

Stephen Miller, partner at law firm Clyde & Co representing Munro, said Munro's dismissal was unjustified and that the US company had been merely 'going through the motions' with the consultation.

Alice Stobart, solicitor for Travel Leaders, said it had acted in good faith and that regardless of the outcome of the case, it was impossible for Munro to return to the company due to the bad feeling caused by his departure and the way he had disrupted Barrhead staff.

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