Ex-Connaught workers win payout after four-year fight

Aaron Morby 8 years ago
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Former Connaught workers in Norwich have triumphed in their long fight for compensation after losing their jobs when the contractor collapsed.

Construction union UCATT has been seeking compensation for the 200 workers since they were dismissed without warning in September 2010, when Connaught fell into administration.

The workers had been employed on Norwich City Council’s outsourced housing maintenance contact.

The compensation battle was won at the second time of trying after an employment tribunal granted a protective award as Connaught failed to consult with the workforce before making them redundant.

The award is for the maximum 12 week’s pay. As Connaught is no longer in existence the payments will be made by the Redundancy Payments Office and will be capped at £350 per week for 8 weeks.

Initially the union argued that when Connaught collapsed the workers contracts had technically TUPE transferred to other companies meaning that the workers had been unfairly dismissed.

But the earlier employment tribunal ruled last September that no TUPE transfer had occurred.

Brian Rye, Regional Secretary of UCATT’s Eastern Region, said: “This has been a very long and protracted fight for justice and I am delighted that these dedicated workers, who were sacked without warning, will now finally receive compensation.”

 

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