A leading union has hit out at West Brewery for allegedly sacking a Glasgow employee for questioning their support to the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Unite announced they will be lodging a claim for unfair dismissal against Noah Beers Ltd "as soon as reasonably practicable."

READ OUR EXCLUSIVE: Man slams West Brewery after losing his job following Black Lives Matter tweet

Unite wrote on Facebook earlier today: "WEST Beer West On The Green have just summarily dismissed (without notice) one of our leading members for a private tweet calling on them to be more vocal in support of Black Lives Matter protests on The Green saying it drew “negative attention”. We shall now be lodging an unfair dismissal claim against Noah Beers Ltd."

Bryan Simpson, Industrial Organiser, told The Glasgow Times: "Our member raised justifiable concerns that his employer West Brewery had not shown any explicit support for Black Lives Matter despite a 5,000 strong protest a few hundred metres away from their beer garden and was sacked for this, without any notice or prior warnings. 

"It is no coincidence that only two weeks before, the same member sent an email to the same owner requesting clarity on significant discrepancies with their wages during furlough.

"A collective grievance was lodged and rejected. Our member, who was terminated, was a signatory on that grievance.

"This is victimisation pure and simple. 

"We shall be lodging a claim for unfair dismissal against Noah Beers Ltd as soon as reasonably practicable."

Petra Wetzel WEST owner, said "you don't get to do that and still work here". She told the Glasgow Times:

“The employee in question did not speak to WEST about our stance on BLM. He did not even try to do so. Instead, he decided to go on Twitter to criticise us because we had made no statement on the topic. His intention was to be critical of the business, without having established our stance.

“At WEST, we believe actions speak louder than words. We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer. We have BAME employees and shareholders within the business and we do not discriminate.

"Other companies might make grand statements, but when you scratch the surface, the words are meaningless if the company doesn't live the values. We think living the values is more important and we demonstrate that on a daily basis."

“We are here to make and serve beer in an environment that values equality. It's hard enough to survive in the hospitality industry at the moment without your own staff trying to damage the business.

"You don't get to do that and still work here. I am confident that most small business owners would do exactly the same thing.”