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TRIBUNAL: Former Town Clerk feared he was going to be punched

Created on 10/12/2021 @ 11:47

Former Welshpool Town Clerk Robert Robinson has told an employment tribunal that he feared he was going to be punched by his assistant Martin Bond.

Mr Robinson was being cross examined by Martin Bond, who is claiming that he was dismissed from his job for blowing the whistle on the failed system and exposing a cover-up by his former boss and employer.

He claims Mr Robinson “influenced others to have me removed” before he was finally sacked by the town council. 

The tribunal heard that there had been heated exchanges between the two in the Town Council offices. “I thought you were going to hit me when you came into see me,” said Mr Robinson under cross examination by Mr Bond.

“I have never seen anyone so aggressive. If had been at any other place I have ever worked you would have been sacked on the spot.

"I was physically shaking and went for a ride in my car.”

He said the relationship between Mr Bond and the rest of the staff had become intolerable and Mr Bond was impossible to work with.

Mr Robinson was being questioned for the second day and on several occasions asked the Judge to intervene complaining that Mr Bond was going over old ground.

Both Mr Robinson and the town council claim Mr Bond was dismissed during his extended probationary period due to his deteriorating relationship with members of staff.

Mr Robinson confirmed that he had told councillors that “Mr Bond’s abilities were superb but it was his attitude towards staff that was the problem.”

The hearing continues.


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