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Tampin describes ‘humiliation’ of being laid off

The former general secretary of the Gibraltar General and Clerical Association, Michael Tampin, was left “humiliated” when he was dismissed from his job after 13 years of service, an industrial tribunal was told yesterday.

Mr Tampin, who is claiming for unfair dismissal, said it took just 20 minutes to lay him off, despite the fact that he had worked for the white collar union for over a decade.

Representing the GGCA Sir Peter Caruana, QC, put it to Mr Tampin his redundancy in 2013 was a result of the committee members wishing to reclaim the union.

He added it was within the committee member’s powers to make these decisions and to take on Mr Tampin’s work load.

Mr Tampin said that on the day he was laid off, he was handed “an unmarked brown envelope” containing a cheque for his redundancy payment and a short letter stating his dismissal.

But he was told to leave without opening it first, the tribunal heard.

“I felt totally humiliated,” Mr Tampin said.

“What happened on that day was a bit of a shock.”

He added: “The whole thing lasted no more than 20 minutes after 13 years of service.”


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