The now former deputy sports editor at The Sunday Herald is intending to take his employers to industrial tribunal after being sacked for ‘gross misconduct’. Following an internal disciplinary
procedure, Roddy Thomson is first going to pursue an internal appeal against the sacking.
But fearing he will lose that, he is preparing to mount a case at an industrial tribunal.
It follows a breakdown in his relations with sports editor, Stephen Penman, and a grievance submitted by Thomson, who claims he is still seeking recompense for articles he had researched for the newspaper while on holiday in Germany, during the World Cup.
Thomson was hired by Penman’s predecessor, David Dick, now with The Age, in Melbourne, Australia.
It is understood the reason for his sacking was because he asked a colleague how possible it would be to share quotes from a press conference by Rangers football club manager, Paul Le Guen, during his side’s pre-season tour of South Africa.
Thomson, who was not in South Africa, having just returned from the World Cup, was hoping to use the quotes for an article for French newspaper, L’Equipe, with whom he had struck a writing deal.
But he says he quickly dropped the idea when it was pointed out that the Scottish press contingent following Rangers had gone to considerable expense to be in South Africa.
It is understood that, during the disciplinary hearing, the Sunday Herald said it was relaxed with Thomson’s arrangement with L’Equipe, because it provided access to exclusives from France, including Le Guen taking English lessons and studying Rangers DVDs at his Brittany home all winter, weeks before news of the Frenchman’s acceptance of the Ibrox job was broken.