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Army officers redundant by email

15 February 2011 #Employment

It has been reported today that 38 warrant officers in the army have been told by email that they are to be made redundant.


The officers, all of whom are said to have more than 22 years` service and one of whom is currently serving in Afghanistan, reportedly received an email giving them one year`s notice and telling them to "plan for their resettlement". 


The move, for which the Armed forces minister Nick Harvey has apologised, has provoked heavy criticism.  Conservative MP and former Army officer Patrick Mercer has been quoted as saying, "to be dumped by e-mail - it`s the sort of thing you might expect from a playground romance, not a 22-year contract with Her Majesty`s armed forces".


This news comes after yesterday`s announcement that one quarter of RAF pilots are expected to be told on Tuesday that they are no longer needed, the cuts all as a result of the Government`s strategic defence and security review.


Buddy warns against making redundancies in this way.  Whilst members of the armed forces are excluded from the right to bring claims for unfair dismissal, other employers making redundancies in this way could face claims.  For a redundancy to be fair, as well as a genuine reduction in need, the correct procedure of selection and consultation needs to be followed with the employees before decisions are made and announced. 

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