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M&S whistleblower "despaired" of retailer's direction

The former Marks & Spencer employee sacked for leaking a memo to the press about plans to cut redundancy pay, said he did it because he “despaired” of the direction of the business was taking.

Tony Goode, a former customer loyalty manager at M&S, was sacked after he contacted The Times newspaper last August. Goode told an employment tribunal yesterday that he feared job losses were looming and that M&S’ internal consultation process was a “sham” and hoped that a story in the press would change the retailer’s mind, according to reports.

Goode remained anonymous when the story about M&S cutting redundancy pay by up to 25% was published in The Times, but M&S identified him by tracing his email correspondence with journalists. He was dismissed after 25 years of employment for gross misconduct after an investigation in September.

In January, M&S announced that around 1,200 employees would face redundancy. At the tribunal, Goode claimed that his dismissal was unfair and a breach of his human right to free speech, which the company denies.

The hearing continues.

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