The Tribunal found these allegations to be unfounded, instead concluding: ‘We are persuaded that the reason for the claimant's dismissal was her membership of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).'
Walley was an equality officer for the NUJ's Manchester office. She was initially suspended in May 2006 after submitting alternative proposals to a planned restructure of the communications department on behalf of her team.
Walley was then accused of planting stories about her suspension in the Manchester Evening News and the Blackpool Gazette. The Socialist Party website also ran an article criticising conditions at the airport with her name as the NUJ point of contact.
Walley was dismissed despite providing statements from the media outlets denying that she was the source.