Charlie Mullins made the comment during a row on Radio 4 over today’s court defeat for the Government on tribunal fees
Charlie Mullins made the attack during a row on Radio 4 with a union boss over today’s court defeat for the Government on tribunal fees.
BBC apologise after Pimlico Plumbers boss turns air blue with Corbyn attack
The flamboyant entrepreneur was angry at the ruling, which scraps fees for workers to take their employers to court.
As well as employees avoiding having to shell out up to £1,200 to hold their bosses to account, the Government may have to pay back up to £32million to claimants who have been subject to the fees since 2013.
In response Mr Mullins, who employs around 350 people at his London firm, was asked onto the World at One programme to discuss its ramifications for business owners.
But he clashed with Dave Prentis , general secretary of UNISON – the union which had campaigned for the abolition of the fees.
And after Mr Mullins was asked about the EU and whether we should stay in the single market, he criticised the Labour leader.
The former Tory donor ended the debate by saying: “Course we should be staying in, Jeremy Corbyn’s a t*** ain’t he?”
The BBC apologised after the Pimlico Plumbers boss turned the air blue
The presenter Martha Kearney rushed to apologise, saying: “Well, we’ll definitely leave it there on that subject.
“Apologies to Jeremy Corbyn for the language used.”
Afterwards Mr Mullins tweeted: “Brexit is a subject I’m very passionate about and I apologise for the word I used on @BBCWorldatOne, but not the sentiment behind it.”
Commenting on Mr Mullins’ radio outburst, a Labour source said: “Jeremy condemns all, and does not engage in any, personal abuse.”
He attacked Mr Corbyn over his position on the EU
Earlier Mr Mullins had posted a blog on his firm’s website, calling the court decision “the worst thing to happen to British business since the country voted to leave the European Union”.
He called it a “ridiculous, stupid, dangerous and irrational decision”, which would lead to a return to “malicious” claims by employees.
But Mr Prentis welcomed the “landmark court victory”, calling it a “major victory for employees everywhere”.
He said: “UNISON took the case on behalf of anyone who’s ever been wronged at work, or who might be in future.
Martha Kearney said sorry to the Labour boss for the comments
“Unscrupulous employers no longer have the upper hand.
“These unfair fees have let law-breaking bosses off the hook these past four years, and left badly treated staff with no choice but to put up or shut up.”
In response to the decision Justice Minister Dominic Raab said the charges will now be ditched and refunds put in place.
Mr Mullins attacked the Supreme Court for making a called it a 'ridiculous, stupid, dangerous and irrational decision'
He said: “In setting employment tribunal fees, the Government has to consider access to justice, the costs of litigation, and how we fund the tribunals.
“The Supreme Court recognised the important role fees can play, but ruled that we have not struck the right balance in this case.
“We will take immediate steps to stop charging fees in employment tribunals and put in place arrangements to refund those who have paid.”