Mechanic's dismissal unfair tribunal rules
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SCOTTISH mechanic James Kidd did his best to keep a fleet of ageing vehicles on the road for his delivery firm. But when the vans broke down and the chief mechanic ruled that most were unroadworthy, Mr Kidd, of Larkhall, Lanarkshire, was sacked.
Mr Kidd claimed he had been unfairly dismissed by Express Parcels Service, ol Middleton, Manchester and an industrial tribunal in Glasgow has backed his claim and awarded him .0,583 compensation.
Mr Kidd started work wid the firm in August 1983 as maintenance mechanic and fit. ter. His duties were to main. tam and service the fleet o vehicles operated by thl firm from the Larkhall depot.
It was not until the end o July 1984 that the problem: began for Mr Kidd. One o the firm's vehicles at Larkhal was placed under a prohi. bition notice following a spo check by Department o Transport officials.
When Mr Kidd was 01 holiday the firm called in th chief mechanic from Man chester to carry out repairs While he was in Scotland, h was asked to look at all th vehicles.
The chief mechanic fown. that the vehicles at Larkha: were in very poor conditioi and in most cases unroadwor thy, the tribunal was told.
He examined a For Transit in which there was at oil leak and rumbling noise. I required rebuilding with nev parts and had to be taken ti Manchester on a transporter.
A Mercedes-Benz van wa also inspected and othe vehicles would not start.
Mr Kidd was sacked whilt he was on holiday, Eh( tribunal heard.