Monday 15th August finally arrived, and after countless delays and what seemed like endless waiting, the day of my tribunal action against my former employers had come.

Despite already expecting to lose, as I had no legal representative and was up against the financial power of SSE’s yearly £1bn profit and their highly paid team of solicitors, I held on to a small amount of hope and a positive attitude.

The day began brightly and the oppositions witnesses were buckling under the rigerous questioning of the 3 man appeal panel, and then the moment I had awaited arrived, my crucial peice of evidence, if anything was going to swing this in my favour this was it, I was dismissed from my position with the company on Wednesday 18th November 2009, on the morning of Thursday 19th November I had received my amended payslip due to leaving the company ‘earlier than expected’, this letter was dated Tuesday 17th November and was sent by 2nd class post, there is no way this would have reached me so soon and proved hard evidence that my sacking was pre-conceived and unfair. As lunch time loomed things started to look very promissing, but I tried my hardest to keep my feet on the ground. Then the horror show began.

As we re-conviened after lunch, the judge mention an e-mail that had been brought up in a witness statement but was not part of the evidencial binder that had been put together some 12 months earlier and was not to be altered by rules of the tribunal service. Suddenly a grey cloud came over the court room as the witness produced ‘a copy’ of this e-mail, (it was a poorly written and spelt peice of work apparantly confriming my sacking on the correct day) despite giving their solicitor some stick I was shocked to hear the judge add it to the list of evidence and continue the trial.

The day came to a close and a decision was to be made. Was I to earn the compensation I deserved? Unfortunately not, this poorly written peice of evidence convince the judge that the letter I recieved was nothing more than a clerical error (something not possible on SSE’s computer systems) and the decision against me was upheld.

I could of handled losing down to a decision just to agree with them and their financial muscle, but I felt complete rage to lose to a peice of evidence that was not disclosed and should not have stood as any part of the trial.

The man won on this occasion but look for another installment from myself when I start to lift the lid on energy prices and how this company get away with charging so much when they are in the £ billion profit margins.

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