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ROUND AND ABOUT OCTOBER 00
Anyone seen the Lanning 2000 website yet? There's the unsmiling face of himself staring out constipatedly from every page. The PFL make-it-up dept has retouched his image to make him look like a proper GS in waiting (clothes supplied by MS, friends supplied by BR):
Go along and see what makes the great man tick at www.islandwall.freeserve.co.uk
The waters are still a little muddy, and becoming less clear daily with both Left and Right claiming victory and the high moral ground (see homepage for links to LUNITY and the new all sinking MODERATI website, although they did spare us the sight of crummy pics of the DEAR LEADER. Did Barry jump? Was he pushed? Did ME1ST lose their bottle? Lunity had already demonstrated thart they had lost the plot completely by swallowing the ME1ST line, and are now backpedalling furiously and instructing their activists to "hold Branch meetings" to explain to the members the change of circs now that RAMSBLADDER's shillings have been sorted (not including the GREAT SCOT's retirement party which must surely put to shame the £20,000 of your subs kindly allocated by ME1ST on the NEC for John Sheldon's bash at Surrey County Cricket Club. Even JIM McAUSLAN said £20K wasn't enough.) and that members should now be instructed to vote for the previous splitter/traitorous MAREK who now becomes hero of the hour.
That nice black woman with a couple of kids whose name we can never spell still has an impending lawsuit challenging the 50 Branch nomination rule, and it looks increasingly as if this weapon will be wielded. If succesful, the process for the election would have to be restarted, a situation which suits the MODERATI; they will then be able to field SKIPPY as their candidate. LUNITY will be able to hold yet another conference which will decide that the preferred candidate will be someone not called SERWOTKA - but who in the Left would stand against MARK now? BAUGH and ADAMS had their chance and blew it.
Below are the details of the 11th hour deal, although a casual observer might note that it does not appear to have been produced on the spur of the moment, as some might have us believe. Oh, and JAN GODRICH was one of the signatories.
Incidentally, what happens if the elected candidate is sacked or otherwise nobbled before taking up the reins?
One of our grasses informs us that if you search for the name BARRY REAMSBOTTOM on Altavista, one of the hits is "Man found dead in field was shot, say police." (Yorkshire Post)
TO: NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
FROM: The President
DATE: 20th October 2000
SUBJECT: HIGH COURT CASE BETWEEN BARRY REAMSBOTTOM AND PCS
In recent days the unions solicitors have been in discussion with the solicitors representing JGS Reamsbottom in the case scheduled to take place in the Chancery Division of the High Court in the week commencing 30th October 2000.
An agreement has been reached settling this case and a number of related issues. A copy of the agreement is attached for your information. The agreement was discussed with and agreed unanimously by the Honorary Officers on Wednesday 18th October and Thursday 19th October.
I intend issuing a circular to members next week giving a summary of the agreement.
This agreement dated l9th October 2000 is made between Barry Reamsbottom (Mr Reamsbottom) and the Public and Commercial Services Union (the Union).
This agreement is conditional upon Mr Reamsbottom not accepting nomination nor exercising any right which be has or may have to stand in the current election for General Secretary of the Union in which nominations are due to close on 20 October 2000.
It is agreed between the parties as follows:
1. Mr Reamsbottom agrees not to exercise any rights he may have to seek or accept nomination for the post of General Secretary of the Union or to stand in any election for such a post.
2. Mr Reamsbottom agrees forthwith to discontinue the proceedings brought by him against the Union in the High Court, Chancery Division case number HCOO 02830 on the basis there be no order as to costs. Mr Reamsbottom will, on the signature of this agreement, by his solicitor sign and provide to the Union a Consent Order in the form attached as Schedule 1.
3. The employment of Mr Reamsbottom as General Secretary of the Union will cease on 31 May 2002 or such earlier date as may be agreed between the parties (the Leaving Date) and his employment by the Union will terminate on the Leaving Date.
4. Mr Reamsbottom shall continue to serve as Joint General Secretary of the Union from the date of this agreement until 31 January 2001 and thereafter until the Leaving Date or earlier termination of Mr Reamsbottoms employment as General Secretary of the Union, shall serve as General Secretary of the Union subject to the terms of the agreement between the Civil and Public Services Association and Mr Reamsbottom dated 1 June 1997 (the 1997 agreement) as amended by this agreement, save that in particular clause 11 of the 1997 agreement shall not apply and clause 1 of that agreement shall be amended so that the duties of Mr Reamsbottom shall be those set out in Schedule 2 to this agreement. In the event of a conflict between the terms of this agreement and the 1997 agreement, the terms of this agreement shall prevail.
5. Mr Reamsbottom agrees that from 31 January 2001 until the termination of Mr Reamsbottoms employment as General Secretary, the candidate elected as General Secretary in the current election referred to in clause 1 above (the Successful Candidate) shall carry out duties including those set out in Schedule 3 to this agreement and that Mr Reamsbottom shall not carry out those duties, save as agreed with the Successful Candidate. Mr Reamsbottom agrees that during that period be will work with the Successful Candidate with a view to implementing a smooth transfer of duties and responsibilities and that, where possible and by agreement between Mr Reamsbottom and the Successful Candidate, each of the duties referred to in this paragraph will be transferred on such earlier date as is agreed in relation to each duty.
6. In consideration of and conditional upon Mr Reamsbottom complying with clauses 1 to 5 of this agreement, the Union will:
(a) on the Leaving Date effect Mr Reamsbottoms Compulsory Early Retirement on grounds of structure and shall pay to the Trustees of the Civil and Public Services Association Pension Scheme (CPSAPS) an amount of special contribution sufficient, on actuarial advice, to fund the augmented benefits to which Mr Reamsbottom becomes eligible under the Compulsory Early Retirement provisions of CPSAPS.
(b) on the Leaving Date pay to Mr Reamsbottom a compensation payment so as to secure after deduction of any tax payable on such a payment an amount equivalent to the amount of the net pensionable pay Mr Reamsbottom would otherwise have received for the period from the Leaving Date until 30 April 2004 less the net amount after tax of pension payable for that period.
7. Mr Reamsbottom will refrain from instituting proceedings before an Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal or a redundancy payment in relation to the termination of his employment and from instituting proceedings in relation to any claim which he may have under the Trade Union and Labour Relations Consolidation) Act 1992.
8. Mr Reamsbottom makes no complaint under any other provision of the Employment Rights Act 1996, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Race Relations Act 1976, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, the Working Time Regulations 1998 or any other statutory provision in respect of which an Employment Tribunal has jurisdiction.
9. Mr Reamsbottom accepts this agreement in full and final settlement of all claims which he has or may have against the Union its servants or agents arising out of the termination of his employment as General Secretary and the termination of his employment with the Union; his employment with the Union to the date of this agreement; the matters referred to in case HCOO 02830; the passing by the Unions Biennial Delegate Conference in May 2000 of the motion known as Motion 195 (referred to in paragraph 8 of the Particulars of Claim in proceedings HCOO 02830); the steps taken to implement Motion 195 and the rule change consequent upon it; the current election for General Secretary referred to in Clause 1 of this agreement; and the matters referred to in this agreement whether under statute, tort, contract, the 1997 agreement, the Unions rules or otherwise and whether before a court, the Certification Officer or otherwise being claims in respect of which an Employment Tribunal has no jurisdiction save for any claims for personal injury the grounds for which may subsequently become apparent (none being known or anticipated as at the date hereof).
10. Mr Reamsbottom acknowledges that, before signing this agreement, he received advice as to the terms and effect of this agreement and in particular its effect on his ability to pursue his rights before an Employment Tribunal from Tony Hows, a qualified solicitor in respect of whom there is in force a contract of insurance or an indemnity provided for members of a professional body covering the risk of a claim by Mr Reamsbottom in respect of loss arising in consequence of the advice.
11 The conditions regulating compromise agreements under the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 are satisfied in relation to this agreement.