I recently crossed swords with a fly-by-night company from which I was keen to part company, not least because they will soon be inspected. They beat me to the punch by calling a meeting with no prior warning at which I was not offered the opportunity to have a witness present. I was then 'let go' without any attempt to adhere to due process (ie offered a right to reply, a formal appeal... etc). I should clarify that I had only recently signed a new contract! As I have been seeing a few consultants for some some time for stress aggravated- if not stress induced- ailments, I realise that I can take my claim to a tribunal even though I was not working there for two years. What concerns me is that me union has refused to answer my calls or emails, despite assurances to the contrary. Has anyone else had this sort of problem? If so then I'd like to hear from you. As I said, I am glad to part ways with such a company but I am annoyed that I am now short a reference and I lost out on a few months salary at the worst time of the year (ie I offer private tuition but that dwindles away to almost nothing during the summer).