08 January 2008
Employees sacked by telephone 'were unfairly dismissed'
An employment tribunal has ruled that a group of workers at an engineering firm who were sacked by telephone were unfairly dismissed.
In total, 79 workers lost their jobs after Laurence Scott & Electromotors, a UK-based manufacturer of electric motors, hit financial difficulties.
After taking control of the struggling business, Kroll dismissed the staff by phone while it sought a buyer for the firm.
The employment hearing heard that the employees had missed out on wages, holiday pay, pension contributions and redundancy pay.
It was also decided that the firm and its administrators had failed to consult with the workers concerning the redundancies.
The staff will find out how much money will be awarded to them at a further hearing scheduled to take place in April of this year.
Last month, ATB Lawrence Scott revealed that it is now in a more secure position, the Eastern Daily Press reports.