The British Waterways Board (t/a Scottish Canals) v Smith

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    [2015] UKEAT 0004_15_0308
  • Legal Body
    Employment Appeal Tribunal (UKEAT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Dismissal, Discipline and Grievance
Issues covered: Unfair Dismissal; Conduct; Reasonableness of dismissal; social media; Facebook; Gross Misconduct

This is another UK case that could be of persuasive importance in Irish courts and tribunals. The respondent in this GB Employment Appeal Tribunal case is responsible for inland waterways within Scotland. The British Waterways Board operates in Scotland under the name “Scottish Canals”. It employs about 160 manual workers who work a seven day rota. They are also on standby for seven days one week in every five. During their standby period they are not permitted to consume alcohol.

The claimant was not happy at work and it's fair to say he wasn't the only one. There had been a number of complaints about health and safety and other matters and a recommendation to go to mediation was on the

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This article is correct at 16/12/2015

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