Reddy & Others v Bedfordshire & Luton Partnership NHS Trust - Statutory grievance must be received by employer, not necessarily sent to him [2010] EAT

Where, although a collective grievance was sent to the wrong body (the local council), it was in fact received by the employer Trust (the correct body, both by an attempt to copy it to them by the employee, and when the recipient forwarded a copy) the (now obsolete) statutory requirement that the grievance be "written to the employer" was met. It does not have to be sent to the employer, as long as he receives it.

Mr Reddy and other employees worked for The Bedfordshire & Luton Partnership NHS Trust after a gradual TUPE transfer from the local council. These employees brought claims for equal pay in the Bedford Employment Tribunal (“BET”) - which ruled that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the claims because the employees’ collective grievance – sent by their trade union representative – had not been addressed to the Trust more than 28 days before proceedings were issued.

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