pound;500 for a claim too far

14th January 2000 at 00:00
A former Strathclyde secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland has been ordered to pay the union pound;500 expenses after a tribunal threw out his claim of racial discrimination.

Keith Barker was made redundant at local government reorganisation and sought advice from the IS when he found out a black woman on a temporary contract had been given a job similar to his. He alleged he was a victim of racial discrimination because he was a "white male".

The union refused its backing and spent pound;12,000 contesting a case brought by Mr Barker.

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