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Chris Morling had worked for the Royal Mail for 35 years when he lost his job in 2015
A manager at the Royal Mail who was sacked following 35 years of service has received tens of thousands of pounds after it was found that he was wrongfully dismissed.
Chris Morling, from the Rhondda, received the payout after being accused of withholding information and not reporting it.
Postal manager Mr Morling, 53, who lost his job in 2015, received a payout of £39,000.
He said: “I’ve been a long-standing and loyal employee of Royal Mail since I was a teenager, with no record of misconduct, so being accused of something I didn’t do was a kick in the teeth.
“When I found out I’d been fired I couldn’t believe it.”
It began in May 2015, when Mr Morling discovered there were issues in the office that had been going on since 2012.
According to Thompsons Solicitors, who helped him receive his pay-out, Mr Morling immediately told his senior management. However, he was then accused of withholding the information before reporting it. He was then dismissed as a result of the allegations.
Following his dismissal, he worked part-time as a painter and decorator and relied on financial help from of his family to cover his living costs.
He then contacted his union, Unite’s legal services, and Thompsons Solicitors for employment law advice.
Mr Morling added: “What’s more, management had no concrete evidence against me yet I was still pushed out of my job.
“I was even told in court that I had followed all of the procedures correctly.
“I had to sell my car at a loss and I still struggle financially – if it wasn’t for the help of my family I don’t know how I would have coped.
“I didn’t think I stood much of a chance against a household name like the Royal Mail, but thankfully I had the backing of my trade union and Thompsons to represent me.”
The settlement was reached on July 19 last year, and Brian Scott, from the union Unite, said: “This is a significant victory for our member who was wronged even though he had given more than three decades of his life to the Royal Mail.
“Instead of properly investigating the allegations, his employer made unfounded assumptions that Chris was guilty and dismissed him without considering the effect it would have on his livelihood.
“As a Unite member, Chris’ legal rights were protected and ensured his employer was held to account for mistreating him. Royal Mail must learn from the tribunal verdict in Chris’ claim and must not do this again.”
A spokesman from the Royal Mail said: “Royal Mail followed all its procedures in this matter. We do not comment on individual cases.”