An Employment Tribunal has ruled that two prison maintenance workers were unfairly dismissed after they made protected disclosures relating to health and safety at HMP Liverpool.
John Bromilow and Harry Wildman were dismissed by their former employers Amey after they raised concerns regarding changes to the company’s working practices.
Their main concern related to the fact they would be required to carry out maintenance work alone rather than the previous system of working in pairs.
Mr Bromilow and Mr Wildman believed the change in practice put both themselves and prisoners at risk due to the possibility that prisoners could steal tools and equipment ultimately using them as weapons.
Both men raised these concerns with their former employers via their grievance procedure and when that was unsuccessful they contacted the prison governor. Ultimately they were dismissed by Amey for bringing the company into disrepute by discussing their working practices.
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