Result of the pre-hearing review for the Mark Sharpe Employment Tribunal
A statement from the Bishop of Worcester, Dr. John Inge.
"The Employment Tribunal has recognised that those clergy who are freehold incumbents are not employees of the bishop, the diocesan board of finance or anyone else. Clergy themselves have repeatedly said that they do not see themselves as employees and do not wish to be seen as such.
This case has shown that Church of England vicars are not subject to any employment contract but are free to exercise their ministry as they see best within the framework provided by the law of the land.
We hope that Mr Sharpe and Unite will respect this judgement so that we can all draw a line under this."
The Diocese of Worcester is one of 44 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.
From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester
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