Agenda and minutes

Employment Matters Appeals Panel - Thursday, 27 May 2010 2.00pm

Venue: Meeting Room 8 - Level 3, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4TR. View directions

Contact: Ellen Wright, Committee Co-ordinator 

No. Item


Election of the Chairman


Councillor Kenneth Bamber was elected as Chairman. 


Record of the meeting

To agree that the Chairman, in consultation with other Members of the Employment Matters Appeals Panel, sign the minutes outside of the meeting.


The Panel agreed that the Chairman sign the record of this meeting outside of the meeting. 


Declarations of interest

(a)               Personal interests under the Medway Code of Conduct.


A Councillor who declares a personal interest in a matter, including the nature of the interest, may stay, speak, and vote on the matter.


(b)               Prejudicial interests under the Medway Code of Conduct.


A Councillor who declares a personal and prejudicial interest in a matter, including the nature of the interest, must withdraw from the room and take no part in the debate or vote on the matter.


Councillors who have declared a personal and prejudicial interest may make representations, answer questions and give evidence before leaving the room but only if members of the public are allowed to attend for the same purpose.


If an interest is not declared at the outset of the meeting, it should be disclosed as soon as the interest becomes apparent.


Councillor Griffiths declared a personal interest in agenda item 6A on the basis that in view of the appellants post, he had knowledge of the individual concerned but he confirmed that he did not consider that this was sufficient to prevent him from speaking and voting on this matter.  


Exclusion of the press and public pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Exempt and confidential items are not available to the press and public but a brief summary of the contents may be found under each heading.


Any press or public that are present at the meeting may be asked to leave at this point, as the items to be discussed have sensitive information in them and the Local Government Act 1972 allows for this to happen because the information relates to an individual.


The Committee asked the press and public to leave the meeting for the following item because it contained information relating to an individual and was considered to be exempt under Paragraph 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.   



Appeal against dismissal as detailed in the attached schedule. 




The Panel considered an appeal against dismissal on the grounds of redundancy.


The appellant, her UNISON representative and a management representative were in attendance throughout the hearing and the appellant called one witness.


The Panel very carefully considered all of the information presented which included both written and verbal presentations by both sides and their witnesses and the grounds raised by the appellant.




The Panel decided to uphold the original decision and confirmed the appellant’s dismissal on grounds of redundancy from Medway Council.