Being sacked ‘cut me to core’ - ex-Newport Council worker

South Wales Argus: TRIBUNAL HEARING: Rainier Patterson TRIBUNAL HEARING: Rainier Patterson

A FORMER employee of Newport’s social services department told an employment tribunal their decision to sack him “cut him to the core”.

Rainier Patterson, 52, worked as an independent reviewing officer for Newport City Council for five years, but was dismissed in January.

This was after head of children’s services John Nicholson found he had committed gross misconduct by claiming mileage expenses for journeys which were either not carried out or were not made on council business.

Mr Patterson, who appealed against the decision, is now claiming unfair dismissal and racial discrimination at the employment tribunal at Cardiff’s Caradog House.

He denies gross misconduct and claims his line manager Elizabeth Best, who raised concern about his expenses with the auditing department, treated him unfairly because of his skin colour.

Mr Patterson had sought advice from the Door Supervisors Union, a body the council had not heard of, according to the council’s legal representative Angus Halden.

This meant council staff asked to see accreditation from the union representative, and queried whether correspondence should be sent to the union’s general secretary.

Mr Patterson said this behaviour was discriminatory.

Of Mr Nicholson, he said: “He was more than aware of mycommitment tomywork, it cut me to the core.”

Mr Halden said: “There is no basis that there’s a racial ingredient with the way the employer dealt with him”

Employment judge Paul Cadney is due to give a verdict today.

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1:43pm Fri 7 Sep 12

Howie' says...

Be surprised if he wins, employers normally only talk to recognised unions in the workplace and obviously the 'Door Supervisors Union' would be unlikely to be a Union which has agreements to represent Council workers. This should be a warning to everyone who is not in a trade union that when things go wrong you may find that you need the protection of the recognised trade union to protect you.
Be surprised if he wins, employers normally only talk to recognised unions in the workplace and obviously the 'Door Supervisors Union' would be unlikely to be a Union which has agreements to represent Council workers. This should be a warning to everyone who is not in a trade union that when things go wrong you may find that you need the protection of the recognised trade union to protect you. Howie'
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9:51am Sat 8 Sep 12

Kane gwent says...

People like this make me sick thinking they can do what they like and when things go wrong say I was unfairly treated because of my skin colour He needs to accept what he's done and face the consequences as it is us tax payers paying for what he's done besides if the council actually didn't like him because of his skin colour would they have employed him in the first place and for five years? Skins just a colour and people with jobs are clever enough to know that and accept there is nothing different about people with a different colour skin so this guy
Needs to stop using this as I personally believe what he is doing is racial abuse claiming untrue things because of his race
People like this make me sick thinking they can do what they like and when things go wrong say I was unfairly treated because of my skin colour He needs to accept what he's done and face the consequences as it is us tax payers paying for what he's done besides if the council actually didn't like him because of his skin colour would they have employed him in the first place and for five years? Skins just a colour and people with jobs are clever enough to know that and accept there is nothing different about people with a different colour skin so this guy Needs to stop using this as I personally believe what he is doing is racial abuse claiming untrue things because of his race Kane gwent
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1:09pm Sun 9 Sep 12

Limestonecowboy says...

What is an 'Independent Reviewing Officer', anyway just save the money & get another Social Worker, glad this silly case was thrown out.
What is an 'Independent Reviewing Officer', anyway just save the money & get another Social Worker, glad this silly case was thrown out. Limestonecowboy
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9:28pm Sun 9 Sep 12

NakedDancer says...

What a disgrace this man is. Caught out defrauding the taxpayer then has the cheek to play the race card. No doubt genuine victims of race discrimination will bemoan his stupidity. He'll be claiming benefit next - paid for by the taxpayer !
What a disgrace this man is. Caught out defrauding the taxpayer then has the cheek to play the race card. No doubt genuine victims of race discrimination will bemoan his stupidity. He'll be claiming benefit next - paid for by the taxpayer ! NakedDancer
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