At Watford Employment Tribunal this last Tuesday (16th December 2014) I arrived in my capacity as General Secretary of the Employees Representatives union in order to observe an Employment Tribunal “preliminary hearing” being conducted on behalf of one of our members by our Executive Director Barry Blakesley.

When I arrived a lady official of the ET told me I was not allowed to enter as the proceeding was private hearing.

The case was very important from the public interest point of view, as our member is asserting a link between his dismissal and his conscientious completion of various safety checks.

I find it absolutely intolerable that the ET system is being closed down to eliminate public oversight.

The President of the Employment Tribunals should explain this & other similar decisions.

William J Spring BA (UK) MA (Ontario) PGCE

General Secretary Employees Representatives

London 18th December 2014

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