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Monday 23 April 2018

Man barred from job at Guinness claims unfair dismissal

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A FORKLIFT driver who was barred from his job at the Guinness brewery for using another employee's swipe card following Arthur's Day celebrations claims he was unfairly dismissed.

Carl Campbell was employed as an agency worker for the Dublin-based Team Obair agency, which provides logistics workers for the brewery, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) heard yesterday.

Mr Campbell claims that while he was never formally dismissed, he remains barred from the site almost two years after he borrowed a swipe card from his father – who also works at the brewery.

Speaking on Mr Campbell's behalf, SIPTU representative Vernon Hegarty said he will attempt to prove that Mr Campbell was effectively unfairly dismissed without the proper disciplinary procedures being followed.

In his opening address during the first day of hearings, Mr Hegarty said that Mr Campbell mislaid his own swipe card following the company's Arthur's Day celebrations on September 22, 2011.

Mr Campbell borrowed his father's swipe card to get back to the site following the celebrations and reported for work as usual, the tribunal heard.

However, when he returned to work the following Monday, Mr Campbell was told that he had committed a serious breach of security and he was barred from the site.

In the meantime, the agency offered Mr Campbell work at other sites on various occasions, which he turned down.

The hearing was adjourned and will resume on January 31, 2014.

Irish Independent

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