Sandy Johnston, the oboist sacked by Welsh National Opera, has succeeded in the Employment Appeal Tribunal against an earlier ruling on his dismissal. WNO were ordered to pay the costs relating to the Court of Appeal – more than £30,000 – after the Court ruled that a finding of unfairness was “inevitable”.
Sandy was also awarded the maximum permissible pay-off, just under £73,000.
It is estimated that the total cost of the case to WNO will exceed quarter of a million pounds. That’s money which could have been spent on new productions.