British Gypsum Ltd v Thompson - 7 month delay by ET in issuing judgement not in itself ground for appeal [2011] EAT

Only in very rare circumstances will delay by an employment tribunal in issuing its judgment amount to an independent ground of appeal: the delay in this case was, unfortunately, 7 months, but there was no suggestion that it had created a risk that a litigant had lost his right to a fair trial.

Mr Thompson was the GMB Shop Steward at British Gypsum's (BG) East Leake plant. Redundancies were needed, consultation started, and selection criteria agreed. A new IT system would have to be implemented, and the Senior Shop Steward put in a grievance arguing that in response to implementing the new IT system employees should go up a pay grade. The shop stewards were involved in resolving this matter (not in the union's favour). Subsequently in the redundancy process all shop stewards retained their jobs except Mr Thompson, who fared badly against the selection criteria.

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