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Sehmi v Gate Gourmet London Ltd; Sandhu and others v Gate Gourmet London Ltd

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    Sandhu and others v Gate Gourmet London Ltd [2009] IRLR 807 EAT (1 other report)

    • Industrial action: Gate Gourmet employees were fairly dismissed

      Date:
      8 September 2009

      In Sehmi v Gate Gourmet London Ltd; Sandhu and others v Gate Gourmet London Ltd EAT/0264/08 & EAT/0265/08, the EAT held that, while the withdrawal by an employee of his or her labour will not necessarily justify dismissal, in a situation where large numbers of employees deliberately absent themselves from work in a manner that is liable to do serious damage to the employer's business, dismissal of those taking part in the action will be reasonable, even where the absence is not prolonged.

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has considered when it is fair to dismiss an employee who has taken unauthorised absence to take part in industrial action.

Six employees were among hundreds sacked by Gate Gourmet, which prepares airline food.