Union pursues employer through courts after failure to consult over redundancies

Tim Lezard

UCATTUCATT members who lost their jobs at a Scottish building firm are in line for a £2,500 pay out after the union took the company to court over a failure to consult.

WH Brown Construction went into administration last autumn, with the loss of some 150 jobs. UCATT pursued the company, saying the firm had failed to consult the union over redundancies, and yesterday, the tribunal ruled in favour of the union.

Harry Frew, Regional Secretary of UCATT, said: “While this award cannot compensate for the loss of workers jobs, our members will welcome the money UCATT has secured for them through the pursuit of a protective award claim.

“Construction employers should be in no doubt that if they to fail to properly consult with recognised representatives of the workforce, UCATT will seek to gain compensation through the protective award claim. This award also demonstrates the value of being a member of the trade union in the workplace.”

 


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