TEACH NA NDAOINE CHALLENGED ON WHY IT HAS NOT PAID LABOUR COURT UNFAIR DISMISSAL AWARD

6 May 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By MICHAEL McDONNELL

michael@northern-standard.ie

A MULLAGHMATT WOMAN who was successful in taking an unfair dismissal case against the Teach na nDaoine Family Resource Centre in Monaghan town says she has not, as of yet, received any compensation from the organisation despite being awarded €2,000 at a Labour Court hearing that took place on 21st May of last year.

Mary Ginley, who worked as a deli supervisor at the community supermarket on the Cortolvin Road — which is owned and managed by Teach na nDaoine in conjunction with the Costcutter retail group — had been informed by letter on 23rd February 2015 that her employment at the shop was being terminated.

The correspondence was signed on behalf of the Teach na nDaoine Management Committee by Mr Packie Kelly, the Project Coordinator with the centre.

In the unfair dismissals case taken by her union, Mandate, the Labour Court found in Ms Ginley’s favour and awarded her €2,000 in a recommendation under the Industrial Relations Acts.

In the hearing chaired by Ms Caroline Jenkinson, the court noted that Ms Ginley had submitted that she was unfairly dismissed when her employment was terminated in February 2015 “without any explanation”.

The court’s recommendation, as outlined under case LCR21006 on the www.workplacerelations.ie website, states: “Having considered the submissions of both parties the Court is not satisfied that the manner of the Claimant’s dismissal met the standard of fairness and good practice.

It continues: “The Court finds that the dismissal was contrary to the provisions of the Code of Practice on Grievance and Disciplinary Procedure (S.I. No. 146 of 2000). That Code of Practice is made pursuant to Section 42 of the Industrial Relations Act 1990 and the Court is required by Section 42(4) of that Act to have regard to its provisions in deciding on any case to which it relates.

“For all of these reasons the Court finds that the dismissal of the Claimant was unfair.

“In all the circumstances, the Court awards the Claimant the sum of €2,000 compensation for the manner of her …

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