A firefighter working in Hampshire has won an unfair dismissal case after being forcibly fired from his job when he moved to Northern Ireland and began flying to and from work.
Lane Siemens, 47, worked as a Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) crew manager for a long time when he was stationed at two stations in Huant and Waterlooville when he moved to Enniskillen for a “better quality of life”. Were
Mr Siemens has regular flights to and from work and plans on how he can work with fewer hours after repeated requests to do so. It was described by a tribunal as “a long-standing issue” because it failed to apply for 50 per cent of them in 2012 under a family-friendly policy.
He finally allowed the work to continue after moving to his new home in Firmanag, 375 miles away. While working, the firefighter stayed at an uncle’s house near the two stations.
Plans were made on how he could work with fewer hours, and the test run was successful. But in July, an employment tribunal found that its employers had taken a “severe exception” to the move and wanted to evict him.
Next month, after Mr Simmons was forced to resign from the fire service, he is in line to receive compensation for winning an unfair construction dismissal claim.
The tribunal heard that the father of two young children had become a firefighter in 1992 and had signed a contract with the Haunted Fire Station for his work in Waterwell. He worked 70 to 119 hours per hour.
After Mr Siemens and his family moved to Anisklin in December 2016, colleagues said it was “clear to see how happy and satisfied Allen was with the move”.
He applied for a 50% reduction to work at Waterwell for at least 35 hours, after which his relationship with the managers became “difficult” and they were “against” him.
He was befriended on Facebook by watch manager Craig Sadler, with whom he had been friends for many years, and Mr. Siemens also complained that he was ignoring him.
Mr Siemens was fired as a firefighter for leaving senior responsibilities, and despite a successful three-month trial, his employers did not allow him to work on a 50 per cent contract at Waterwell.
Mr. Siemens refused, despite publicizing 50 percent of the Waterwell Fire Station’s contracts and hiring firefighters on contract.
He took a one-year leave of absence from Waterwell in March 2018, during which time he continued to work at Hovent. On his return, he again asked to halve his hours and asked about the possibility of a transfer to the Northern Ireland Fire Service.
Mr Siemens told the tribunal: “I went on a Sabbath, lost a year’s income, in the absence of my Sabbath to find out that several new entries were made on the contract and accepted into the service for which I was applying for six. Year. “
When his request to halve his time was rejected, Mr Siemens made an appeal which he lost. This proved to be the “last straw” for him.
The service’s group manager, Brian Net, decided to fire Mr Siemens while he was on leave, but Mr Siemens decided to resign in September 2019 after 27 years of service.
Employment Judge Martha Street repeatedly violated Mr. Siemens’ trust with the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and forced him to resign.
Judge Street said the fire service did not find Mr Siemens to be working properly in the short time in Northern Ireland, that unfair requirements had been imposed and that the family-friendly policy had not been applied.