Tribunal for sacked CIU chief

A SACKED union boss is taking legal action against his employers.

Mick McGlasham, who was dismissed from his role as national secretary of the Club and Institute Union (CIU), will sue the union for unfair dismissal at a tribunal in London.

The 62-year-old, who represented 228 social clubs and venues in Hartlepool and east Durham, was dismissed in October along with his deputy, Maxine Murphy. A third CIU employee was sacked following an investigation.

Halifax-based CIU president George Dawson, who will give evidence at the tribunal in June, dismissed reports that there was strong support for Mr McGlasham after a CIU annual conference that saw delegates stage a walk-out in protest at his dismissal before the conference began.

He said: “There is not a lot of support.There are 2,000 clubs in the union, not just 180 in Durham.”

Mr Dawson said he could not comment further on the circumstances surrounding Mr McGlasham’s dismissal, having previously told the Hartlepool Mail the action followed an “internal matter”.

The union is still without a national secretary and Mr Dawson said any potential replacement would depend on the outcome of the tribunal. Mr McGlasham, a former Horden Labour Club secretary, was branch secretary for seven years and had been appointed as national secretary two years ago.

He also held a position on the CIU’s national executive committee for six years before taking up his position in London and held a role on its accounts committee.

The CIU represents six million members and more than 300 social clubs in the North-East.

Mr McGlasham was unavailable for comment.