Meat plant forced to pay butcher €11,000 after unfair dismissal
By Gordon Deegan
A meat plant has been forced to pay a former employee €11,026 after the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) found that the butcher had been unfairly dismissed.
The individual in question was assaulted and dismissed from his job after a dispute arose between him and his employer over a loin of pork, he claimed.
On February 3, 2017, an ‘eye’ of a loin of pork was cut through, and the plant’s transport manager felt this would be rejected by customers.
After the argument became heated, the butcher attempted to walk away, only to be physically accosted by the manager, who placed his hands around the employee’s throat, the commission heard.
It was during this exchange that the manager said “you are out”, which the employee took to mean that he was being fired.
Marguerite Buckley, the WRC Adjudication Officer who oversaw the case, decided that the man had been fired unfairly.
However, she didn’t accept the evidence from the butcher that he was entirely blameless during the original altercation, acknowledging that some provocation was made on his part.
The butcher was awarded €10,200 for the dismissal, plus a further €826 for minimum notice payments.
The firm in question maintained throughout the case that the butcher had started the altercation, and had a history of getting into similar confrontations.