A union steward has this morning withdrawn an employment tribunal claim against the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust after reaching an undisclosed settlement with his bosses.
Carpenter Nigel Lewthwaite had alleged he suffered detriment as a result of his trade union activity.
The claim was denied by the trust.
The 60-year-old, who is the uncle of terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite, withdrew his claim at the employment tribunal in Reading as a judge heard the sides had agreed to settle the claim.
Mr Lewthwaite’s legal representative, Lance Harris, told employment judge Jessica Hill: “I’m pleased to say we had some very productive discussions yesterday after the hearing and we have come to an agreement.”
He said the amount of money received by Mr Lewthwaite would remain confidential and added: “I think, really, all that remains is for us to formally withdraw our claim.”
Judge Hill accepted his request and drew the hearing - which had been expected to last a second full day - to an early close.
Giving his evidence to the tribunal yesterday, Mr Lewthwaite blasted a decision to shift working patterns for him and three colleagues from a four-day to a five-day working week as ‘bullying’.
He was later handed a formal warning by bosses at the trust after he sent a ‘rude and disrespectful’ email to the trust’s head of property services, Mark Arhin, making representations about the changes to staff contracts.
Mr Lewthwaite said the disciplinary procedure - which began in May last year - had left him feeling “heavily stressed, victimised and undervalued by my employer” and claimed his trade union role had been the reason for the ‘detriments’ he had suffered.
As he left the tribunal today he refused to comment.