Day 197 - 07 Dec 95 - Page 02
1 Thursday, 7th December 1995.
3 MR. RAY COTON, recalled.
4 Examined by the Defendants, continued.
6 MR. MORRIS: We have just been given some documents. We are
7 not even sure -----
9 MS. STEEL: We have no idea -- are they are relevant?
11 MR. MORRIS: If the Plaintiffs can maybe just say what they
14 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Put them on one side for the moment. Do not
15 put them anywhere. I will see whether they can be used or
16 not. Mr. Morris, please carry on. Put it right on one
19 MR. MORRIS: It is to do with Colchester so ......
21 MR. JUSTICE BELL: I know, put it right on one side and carry
22 on. Mr. Morris, if you do not ask a question, I will ask
23 Mr. Rampton to cross-examine.
25 MR. MORRIS: I do not know where the performance reviews of
26 Mr. Coton are kept. If someone can help the witness to
27 find -----
29 MR. RAMPTON: My Lord, Mrs. Brinley-Codd has distributed a list
30 of ----
32 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Yes. I have put them behind the witness's
33 first statement which is where the script said they should
36 MR. MORRIS (To the witness): Are they behind your statement,
37 Mr. Coton?
38 A. Yes, they are.
40 Q. We will just go through the documents. If we look at page
41 3, just one point there, it case under "Hours of
42 Employment": "The Company operates a six days on, two
43 days off rota where it is possible". Can you just explain
44 that? Does that apply to all management grades?
45 A. The idea, basically, would be that you would work six
46 days on and have two days off. In practice, for the vast
47 majority of time with the Company we actually worked a six
48 day with one day off.
50 Q. So are you saying that they did not adhere to their
51 contract then?
52 A. No, we were pressured by either pressure of work or
53 lack of people or just actually worked that extra day, so
54 it was a normal thing. As I say, for most of the time
55 with the Company I did work a six day week. It was only
56 in the latter part it had became an issue due to high
57 management turnover that two days became the norm.
59 Q. Did that non-adherence with your terms of contract have
60 any effect on you?