Sub-editor claims constructive dismissal over web access

An Aberdeen journalist walked out on his job after being denied internet access at work, an employment tribunal has heard.

Bruce Wyer, 53, who was a sub-editor on the Evening Express, Aberdeen, claims constructive dismissal – arguing that Aberdeen Journals, the newspaper’s owner, breached his contract.

Wyer said he refused permission last year for his photograph to appear on an internal website on security grounds because he did not trust electronic media. He claimed no one had said it would mean e-mail and internet access being denied.

After returning from a holiday, Wyer was denied e-mail access. He raised the issue at an appraisal with his line manager. He claimed he was told at a weekly sub-editors’ meeting that the matter would be rectified.

After a day off, Wyer returned to find his internet access blocked.

Under cross-examination, he agreed it was lawful for the company to ask permission for photographs to go on its intranet.

The tribunal will announce its decision shortly.

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