John Bromilow and Harry Wildman, who worked at the jail for more than 20 years, were fired by Amey who had the contract for prison repairs. Amey claimed they brought the firm into disrepute by discussing new working practices with the prison governor. But an employment tribunal ruled that the men were unfairly dismissed.
Employment judge Jonathan Holbrook, who headed the three-person panel, thought it was "extraordinary" that Amey had not taken into account the men's 45 years of collective service and their unblemished disciplinary record.
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