03 September 2007
Factory workers awarded £800k compensation
Workers at two factories which have been closed down have been granted protective awards totalling £800,000.
The 191 workers at Irvine and Kilwinning factories in Simclar in Scotland had brought their case to a tribunal, on the grounds that they had not been consulted about the decision.
Closure to the two factories led to the workers losing their jobs, with some having worked for the firm for more than 20 years.
They had been informed of that the factory was shutting down through a written communique.
The tribunal accepted the workers claim that the company had not complied with its own regulations that it was bound to consult with the trade union and that this should have taken place 90 days before the closures.
The protective award is to cover this 90-day period and equates to a payout of around £4,000 per worker.