Serial complainant

June 11, 1999

Whistleblowers (THES, June 4) has attacked the Association of University Teachers at Queen's University, Belfast, on the basis of very selective and out-of-context quotations from a tribunal case that Suresh Deman lost against the AUT.

That tribunal had no jurisdiction over Northern Ireland, and the statements about Belfast AUT were not tested in court. We vigorously deny the charges against us and look forward to clearing our name in a tribunal hearing in Northern Ireland. But we are in a long queue, since even in 1997 an official count showed that Deman had 32 complaints against 62 respondents in Northern Ireland, including the president of the Industrial Tribunal.

However, you have found a rich vein of material for Whistleblowers, since Deman has many cases against universities in the UK and abroad.

Paul Hudson

Honorary secretary, Belfast AUT

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