A DROITWICH manager who complained he was unfairly dismissed after denying he revealed confidential information about a £3 million contract to a potential coach and bus competitor has lost his legal claims.

Mr Andrew Collins of Honeymans Gardens, Droitwich, had been employed as contracts and performance manager by Cabline UK Ltd which helps provide replacement transportation to railways.

He made legal claims for unfair dismissal, the unlawful deduction of wages and holiday pay against his former employers at Birmingham Employment Tribunal.

He denied an accusation by the respondents that he revealed confidential information to the Green Bus company about negotiations to extend a contract involving a London Midland rail franchise.

The Green Bus coach and bus company is based in the West Midlands.

Cabline agreed Mr Collins was owed £525 in unpaid wages (the unlawful deduction claim) but opposed the unfair dismissal claim. The respondents told the tribunal that the firm had originally successfully tendered for the London Midland replacement transportation contract in 2012 which had been worth £1 million at the time.

Mr Mark McFaul, the firm’s operations director, told the tribunal that there had since been ongoing negotiations to extend the contract to March 2015 and that the contract was now worth £3 million.

Mr McFaul alleged Mr Collins had revealed details about the negotiations to Greenbus, described as a potential competitor, during a lunch meeting.

The firm alleged there had been a breach of trust by Mr Collins who had been suspended prior to his dismissal.

Mr Collins who was represented at the tribunal by his father John, also of Droitwich, denied the accusation.

He said he did not know about the negotiations to extend the contract and claimed previous details about the contract had previously been made public anyway.

After a tribunal hearing lasting nearly a week, tribunal judge Mr David Dimbylow said he would make a decision at a later date.

Now he has announced that Mr Collins was not unfairly dismissed and that his claim is rejected.

Mr Dimbylow added that Mr Collins’ other claims were not well founded and are also dismissed.