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Dorset baker wins £15k after being sacked for holey bread


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The head baker at a 300-year-old artisan bread shop in a Dorset seaside town has been awarded more than £15,000 after being sacked for making loaves with too many holes in them.

Artur Piaszczynski, who argued during an employment tribunal that bread-making was an art and not a science, lost his job after complaints that customers were struggling to make decent sandwiches with his loaves or successfully butter toast.

The tribunal ruled that Piaszczynski, who had worked at the historic Leakers Bakery in Bridport for six years, may have been producing “inconsistent” bread.

But it also concluded he had not been any specific performance targets and received no clear warnings before he was sacked.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/jun/27/crumb-of-comfort-dorset-baker-wins-15k-after-being-sacked-for-holey-bread

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Give him a clear performance goal, consistently make bread without big holes, or this artisan bread shop is going to lose customers.

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1 hour ago, Tatetopa said:

Give him a clear performance goal, consistently make bread without big holes, or this artisan bread shop is going to lose customers.

Describing itself as an artisan bakery “with a long history of providing quality bread”, Leakers was forced to shut in October 2022 amid the cost of living crisis.

It has already closed down. Food stuff like artisan bread from small independent manufactures is the first to go in times of high inflation.

He won the case because he wasn't given clear goals or supervision, but it is quite likely that he won't get a payout now.

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