Worker bids to clear name after being sacked on drugs allegations

A man sacked from his job for allegedly possessing illegal drugs at work insists he is innocent and wants to clear his name. Narcyz Matusiak is angry at being dismissed by Spirax Sarco in Cheltenham[1] last week. Two people he worked with at the engineering company’s site at Kingsditch Trade Park said they saw him with tablets in a clear plastic bag with a cannabis leaf printed on it and that he passed it to a colleague.

Narcyz Matusiak claims he was unfairly dismissed from Sprirax Sarco in Runnings Road, Cheltenham

It was said to have happened in the distribution centre on September 6.

The matter was reported to bosses and although a search found no trace of the drugs at the site, Mr Matusiak was initially suspended and then, after an investigation, was sacked. A spokeswoman for Spirax Sarco said they can’t go into details about the case but stressed that ‘we take our commitments as a responsible employer extremely seriously and do not take disciplinary action lightly and without completing a thorough investigation’. The inquiry at the company in Runnings Road included all the parties involved being interviewed by managers.

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Mr Matusiak has given reports from the investigation to Gloucestershire Live.

They indicate that the police were not involved because no drugs were found. The investigating manager said he believed that Mr Matusiak had breached the company’s drug and alcohol policy and that represented gross misconduct. He was given until September 30 to appeal against the decision if he wanted.

Worker bids to clear name after being sacked on drugs allegationsSpirax Sarco in Runnings Road, Cheltenham

Mr Matusiak, who was a forklift truck driver and had worked for the company for two years, has lodged an appeal.

The 33-year-old, from the city of Lodz in Poland, said: “The decision for me is not good. I’m annoyed because I don’t know what to do now. It’s not easy looking for work.”

He said it seemed harder for him to find another job, possibly because of Brexit, and that was a worry because he needed money to pay his rent and help his Polish girlfriend to raise his one-year-old daughter.

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He said the couple lived in separate homes in the Elmfield area of Cheltenham and added: “The situation is not good for either of us. She has two other children from a previous relationship. “We don’t live together but we support each other.”

Mr Matusiak, who has a nine-year-daughter from a previous marriage in Poland, said he had been feeling very stressed since losing his job. “I think everyone would be with a situation like that, if you know that you’re not guilty,” he said.

Worker bids to clear name after being sacked on drugs allegationsA sign at the main entrance to the company in Runnings Road

Adding that he was “100 per cent sure” of his innocence, he said Spirax Sarco was a good firm but he was very disappointed with what the two workers said happened in the warehouse. He admitted that he had been off work through sickness at times and had been late for work too on occasions.

But he said that was because he had been helping his girlfriend with the children and he insisted he always kept his employer informed about what was happening and why. He said: “They’ve put me in a hard situation now. I try to clear my name because it’s not fair.”

What Spirax Sarco said

Dr Sarah Peers, Spirax Sarco’s group corporate communications manager, said: “We have a formal grievance and appeals procedure, which is an appropriate forum for an individual unhappy with the outcome of disciplinary proceedings to raise their grievance or concern directly with the company.

“The employee has appealed and so it would not be appropriate for us to comment on the details of a case where there is an ongoing appeal.

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“It should, however, be noted that we take our commitments as a responsible employer extremely seriously and do not take disciplinary action lightly and without completing a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding any allegations of misconduct.

“If we believe that a company policy has been breached, we undertake a thorough investigation and act in accordance with the findings of the investigation and in a way that we believe best protects the safety of all employees on the site.”

References

  1. ^ Cheltenham (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)

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