bellshill workers win redundancy cash fight

PIC ALAN WATSON 6/1/09 STAFF AT CLOSING OF WOOLWORTHS, BELLSHILL
PIC ALAN WATSON 6/1/09 STAFF AT CLOSING OF WOOLWORTHS, BELLSHILL

Workers who lost their jobs when the Woolworth store in Bellshill closed five years ago after the firm went into administration have finally won their claim for enhanced redundancy compensation.

An Employment Tribunal has ruled that administrators were wrong in refusing to pay out up to eight weeks wages to employees in smaller stores.

Workers in stores with less than 20 employees were denied a share of the redundancy cash pot, including those at the Bellshill shop which employed 19.

But the workers’ case was taken up by shopworkers’ union Usdaw who claimed all staff should be part of the same collective redundancy situation.

And last week they finally won their fight when their case was upheld by an Employment Tribunal.

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