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Cambridgeshire firefighter's victory against dismissal

Issue No. 2467

Kerry Baigent

Kerry Baigent


A firefighter has won her tribunal against Cambridgeshire fire bosses after a judge found her dismissal to be an “irrational and perverse exercise”.

Kerry Baigent was an FBU union rep and a former secretary of the union’s national women’s committee. 

She has been awarded nearly £10,000 in compensation.

The tribunal found that bosses had made a decision to impose an untenable working pattern on Kerry, who had been a firefighter for 21 years.

She had managed her work shifts in Cambridge to travel back to her home and family in Somerset. But bosses compulsorily transferred her to one of only two fire stations in Cambridgeshire that work shifts which made her previous set up unworkable. 

The decision to alter her working arrangements was taken “behind closed doors” and “entirely lacked transparency”.

Kerry said after the ruling, “I was forced out of my job by the actions of a senior management team who made a clear decision to make my working life untenable.

“I hope my legal victory inspires firefighters in similar positions to fight back.”

 


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Tue 18 Aug 2015, 17:31 BST
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