A truck driver awarded a “plonker of the month” certificate by colleagues has won a case for unfair dismissal against logistics firm Christian Salvesen.
The tribunal ruled that driver John Peachey had been subjected to sustained bullying and was part of what was called “unacceptable management practices” at the company’s Gloucester depot.
Peachey had complained to his line manager about the way he was bullied, talked down to and made fun of.
But as the treatment persisted, Peachey went off sick in May 2000 and resigned in July of the same year. He is now driving for another firm.
Tribunal chairman Michael Griffiths said the behaviour of the depot management amounted to constructive dismissal.
He said, “Mr Peachey was subject to unacceptable treatment by his superiors and the implied terms of mutual trust and confidence were breached by Salvesen, not only by the issue of the certificate but by the continuing attitude of his immediate superiors.”
The amount of compensation has yet to be agreed.
A spokesperson for Christian Salvesen, said, “We have already taken action to ensure that our employees’ best interests are served.”