M&S 'whisleblower' gets the sack

A worker at Marks & Spencer (M&S) has been sacked after telling the

media that the company planned to cut redundancy pay to staff.

See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7595969.stm

According to The Times today, Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the TUC, said that the decision was “truly shocking that an employee can be dismissed for exposing underhand and secretive decisions about issues that will directly affect staff in his workplace.

That’s not the point. Whether or not M&S are doing the right thing by their employees is not the issue. From my perspective the individual was sacked for gross misconduct: he exposed company confidential information to an unauthorised third party. The action was calculated and designed to cause trouble.

We all have an axe to grind from time to time, but if you deliberately drop your employer in the muck because of it then that makes your position untenable. M&S have done the right thing.