Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union v Ippoma - Insufficient reasons for ruling dismissal was a ruse [2013] EAT

In a successful claim for unfair dismissal the tribunal made a finding of "ruse" – an invented redundancy situation – but did not give sufficient reasons for doing so.

Mr Ippoma brought claims of unfair dismissal and victimisation under the Race Relations Act 1976. At the time of his dismissal he was a project manager on a government funded education project which provided training to trade union members. After failing to obtain further funding, an agreement to reduce the number of project staff led to a successful bid. Although funding had been secured for two years, Mr Ippoma was dismissed and submitted his unfair dismissal claim on the basis that his, ‘position was not redundant as there was no diminution in the Respondent’s need for employees to carry out the kind of work he was employed to do at that workplace.’

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