NEWS: SAS dismissals ruled as ‘unfair’ by tribunal

The head of Westminster Council’s former PR agency has been labelled as ‘dictatorial’ by an industrial tribunal.

The head of Westminster Council’s former PR agency has been labelled as

‘dictatorial’ by an industrial tribunal.



Sheila Spaul, managing director of SAS PR which held Westminster’s press

office account from September 1994 to August 1995, was lambasted in a

tribunal report after former employees, Neal Zetter and Paul McIntyre,

won claims for unfair dismissal.



Spaul was found by the Croydon tribunal to be ‘dictatorial and

exaggerated in her reactions to people and events’. Its report goes on:

‘As she gave evidence of her view of things, she was oblivious of her

surroundings and the inference which the tribunal drew from her

behaviour was that this was not an employer who could be reasoned with.’



The tribunal found the December 1994 dismissals of Zetter and McIntyre,

both of whom had been working on the Westminster account, had been

‘procedurally and substantively unfair’.



Spaul had said the two men had been fired due to a lack of capability in

preparing a PR strategy document, and because they had failed to obey a

‘reasonable and lawful instruction’ to produce the strategy.



However the tribunal judged the two were more than capable of preparing

the strategy document and that, rather than refusing the instruction,

they had merely asked to hold while certain problems were discussed.



Spaul was ordered to pay Zetter, who now works in Westminster Council’s

marketing department, more than pounds 10,000 and to pay McIntyre pounds

610 compensation.



SAS PR won the account, now held by John Kendall Associates, after

Westminster’s previous agency, the now defunct McIntyre Hodges, hit

financial difficulties.



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