09 July 2008
Workers made redundant receive six figure sum
A total of 75 workers who were made redundant when the Derby Playhouse closed will receive 90 days' pay, an employment tribunal has ruled.
According to reports in the Derby Evening Telegraph, the total amount of money to be received by the staff may be worth six-figures.
During a recent hearing, Derby Playhouse - which was in operation for more than 30 years before shutting recently - was found to have failed to consult with employees prior to its closure in November 2007.
This was said to be despite the fact that the board of trustees had been aware about the theatre's final decision for "weeks or even months" before an announcement was made.
Workers were simply told the venue was shutting immediately and were ordered to leave the premises.
Former maintenance technician Keith Parkinson said: "We demanded members of the board stand on stage and explain the reasons why this decision had been taken."