Workers formerly employed by Antrim based construction company Mivan (No 1) Limited have won a payout following a successful employment tribunal hearing.

ThompsonsThe 144 former employees, including many UCATT members, were made redundant without warning when the company went into administration in January.

In a case taken on behalf of the workers by solicitors Thompsons NI it was argued that the workers were entitled to a protective award as the company had failed to consult the workers prior to making them redundant.

The employment tribunal granted the protective award for all the workers who had made a claim. As Mivan is insolvent the award will be paid by the Redundancy Payments Service and is capped at eight weeks pay. Each worker is likely to receive roughly £2,500 in compensation.

UCATT regional secretary Andy Fisher said: “Dedicated construction workers, many with years of service with the company were dismissed without warning. It is only through the combined efforts of UCATT and Thompsons NI, that these workers have been able to receive compensation.”

The decision to make the protective award paves the way for other former employees at Mivan to also claim compensation.

John O’Neill,  of Thompsons NI who took the case on behalf of UCATT and the ex-Mivan staff, said: “While many of the ex-Mivan staff have now successfully brought such claims there are still around 140 such persons who have not brought claims. While this most recent decision of the tribunal potentially makes a similar award to these persons, they will not receive any such award without pursuing a formal legal process of making a claim to the tribunal.

“As there is a short time limit for any such claims at this stage, it is vital that any ex-Mivan employee who was dismissed on or after 17 January 2014 who has not already been part of any such claim and now wishes to do so should do so as soon as possible.”

UCATT member, William Glendinning, from Newtownabbey, formerly a Labourer with Mivan, in whose name the case was pursued, said “As the senior trade union representative in the workplace, I expected that the employer would have consulted with us about the proposed redundancies which came as a complete surprise. This extra compensation is very helpful to myself and the others who lost their jobs with no prior warning and consultation, a number of whom remain unemployed or had to go abroad to get work. I would like to thank UCATT and Thompsons NI solicitors for all of their hard work in pursuing this case”.

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