MU member Sandy Johnston has been awarded a record-breaking £105,000 by the Employment Tribunal. Sandy finally won his long running unfair dismissal case against his former employer Welsh National Opera in Cardiff last week. With essential help from the MU the case began right back in 2006 and had progressed all the way to the Court of Appeal in London by 2012. Here the judges decided that there had been procedural unfairness in the way WNO had sacked Sandy from his job as the orchestra’s principal oboe in 2008 and referred the case back to the original tribunal in Cardiff who awarded the maximum compensation allowed of £73,000 plus a further £32,000 towards Sandy’s legal costs. Sandy says the ruling has vindicated his stance and struck a blow for musicians – he is also delighted with the continued support of the MU throughout his ordeal.
Posted: January 25, 2013