A former firefighter who had claimed he was bullied at work has lost his claim for unfair dismissal.
Tristan Jones, from Kidwelly, had brought the claim following his dismissal from Mid and West Fire and Rescue Service last year,
having been off work for more than 18 months.
An employment tribunal in Cardiff heard Mr Jones claim he had been under ‘extreme stress and anxiety’, after he had lodged a grievance claim alleging bullying and harassment by his Pontardawe station crew manager Darren Fearn in 2011. He had later made another claim over the investigation carried out by the former manager of the station, Roger Thomas, and claimed an occupational health doctor sent to visit him in his home had produced a report which ‘suited the agenda’ of the service, because the doctor who saw him was also the MD of the occupational health providers to the company.
Mr Jones’s dismissal followed a personal injury claim against the service, for occupational stress, which is still outstanding.
But following an eight-day hearing, tribunal judge Sian Davies dismissed the claim, as well as another for a breach of working conditions.
She told the tribunal that Mr Jones had ‘a history of refusing to respond to discussions about a return to work at Pontardawe fire station’ and accepted that deputy chief officer Paul Bates did not know the doctor they had sent to see him at home was the MD of the company which provided occupational health to the service.
She also said she did not think it was credible, on the evidence she had heard, that senior officers had conspired against him, and that although the senior officers had admitted carrying out surveillance on employees on occasions, she agreed that they had not done so with Mr Jones during his time off for sickness.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service declined to comment on the outcome, following the judgement.