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M&S suspends whistleblower

The whistleblower who revealed Marks & Spencer's plans to cut back redundancy payments has been suspended and faces disciplinary action from the high street giant, according to the GMB Union.

The M&S worker is alleged to have leaked an email circulated to employees which outlined the retailer's plans to cut redundancy terms for more than 60,000 staff. The news prompted speculation that the retailer is planning a round of job cuts.

It is understood the employee, who is believed to have worked for the retailer at its Paddington office for more than five years, will face a disciplinary hearing next Monday, the day that the new terms are due to come into effect.

A spokesman for the GMB trade union said it is considering taking further action if the individual loses his job.

A spokeswoman for M&S said: "We cannot go into specifics as it is an internal matter."

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