Tesco Ireland Ltd (Represented by Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation) v A Worker (Represented by Mandate Trade Union)
1. Appeal Of Adjudication Officer Recommendation No(s) ADJ-00012391 CA-00016425-001.
2. On 25 July 2018, the Adjudication Officer issued the following Recommendation: Section 13 of the Industrial Relations Acts, 1969 requires that I make a recommendation in relation to the dispute.
“As a full and final settlement of the dispute I recommend that the Final Written Warning issued by the Employer be rescinded and expunged from the Complainant’s record.”
The Employer appealed the Recommendation of the Adjudication Officer on 24 August 2018. A Labour Court hearing took place on 27 November 2018.
This matter comes before the Court as an appeal under the Industrial Relations Acts arising from the referral of a trade dispute to the Workplace Relations Commission involving a single worker, the Complainant.
The Court has been made aware by the Trade Union of the general background for this trade dispute and is conscious that the matter before the Court arises from events occurring during an industrial dispute in 2017.
Good industrial relations are underpinned by an approach which is pragmatic and realistic. The Court has considered the within dispute in that context and has examined the facts presented by the parties in order that it can develop a decision which can best support the resolution of the trade dispute originally referred to the Workplace Relations Commission.
The Court is asked to give a decision in relation to a final written warning which was issued to the worker on 14 th July 2017. The disciplinary procedure of the Respondent provides that a final written warning shall ‘remain on a staff member’s personnel file for 12 months’. On plain reading therefore, the procedure makes no provision for the warning to remain on that file for a day longer than 12 months. The Court finds therefore that the warning has no existence following the lapse of 12 months from date of issue.
The Court therefore concludes, in accordance with the disciplinary code under which it was issued, that the fact of a written warning...
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