Thursday 21 June 2018

Worker fired for not driving uninsured car gets €50,000

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Gordon Deegan

A Shannon airport worker, who was sacked for refusing to drive a company vehicle that wasn't taxed or insured, has been awarded €50,000 for his unfair dismissal.

Pejazyr Cakolli was sacked in September 2015 by his Shannon airport-based employer, Swissport Ireland, after his refusal to drive a company vehicle on a road which the public has access to adjacent to the airport.

In the main, Mr Cakolli drove company vehicles 'airside', but was on occasion required to drive on roadways outside the airfield.

In August 2015, Mr Cakolli refused to drive the vehicle on the road which the public has access to over his concerns that the company vehicle did not carry tax, insurance or NCT discs. As a result, he was sacked for 'gross misconduct'.

However, the Labour Court has now ordered Swissport Ireland Ltd to pay Mr Cakolli €50,000 after finding that he was unfairly dismissed.

The Labour Court stated that it was satisfied that the efforts by Swissport to check the legality of the instructions given to Mr Cakolli were inadequate.

Irish Independent

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