Tribunal between Samantha Constance and BNDfC, Sheffield City Council
and Burngreave Community Action Trust, was called off at the last
minute after the two sides reached agreement.
agreements forbid the parties from discussing the outcome, but the
Messenger understands that Samantha received a settlement of £4,000.
The award was made jointly between the City Council and BCAT, but
the Council will foot the bill.
one of seven workers who lost their jobs last March in a staff reorganisation
as the City Council became the ‘accountable body’. She
claimed unfair dismissal due to a lack of proper consultation, insufficient
effort being made to avoid the redundancies and because she had
been doing the Finance Manager job advertised for at least six months
and was therefore entitled to carry on in that role.
union representative from ACTS representing Samantha was pleased
with the outcome:
have accepted that there was a lack of proper consultation –
hopefully that will mean that should a redundancy situation ever
happen again, it will be better handled. We did not push the full
hearing because we were aware of the potential damage that might
be caused to BCAT – a community organisation that was left
with no choice but to make the redundancies demanded by the New
Deal Partnership Board.”
When asked for
comment, BCAT Chair Pete Smith replied, “BCAT does not conduct
its confidential matters in public. Thank you.” John Clark
from BNDfC said “We weren’t involved in the award, as
the case was between Sheffield City Council and Burngreave Community
New Deal, Samantha has had a number of jobs in various financial
departments, and has now moved to Utrecht in Holland, with her partner,