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Textile workers win compensation after ‘hasty dismissal’

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More than 60 employees of a Carlisle-based textile firm have won their battle for compensation after being given just 10 minutes to pack up their belongings and leave.

Half of the workforce at Cummerdale textile printers, Stead McAlpin, was made redundant when the firm slipped into administration in April this year. According to the group’s solicitor, the firm’s owners at the time, Apex Textiles, also failed to consult unions over the mass redundancies.

The embittered group, and their union Unite, have fought an eight-month crusade for justice which ended in success when an industrial tribunal ruled they were unfairly dismissed and are entitled to compensation.

Judge John Morris ruled that insolvency funds will pay each worker’s “protective award”, equivalent to 90 days’ pay, and individual compensation claims will be calculated based on factors, including length of service and wage at the given time.

Alan McGuckin, Regional Officer of the Unite union, said: “This is a clear decision that the loyal workers at Stead McAlpin were treated appallingly.

“We are pleased that the decision has been made before Christmas so some of the worries of many members have been alleviated.”


Written by Andrew Hodges

January 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm

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