01 June 2010
Workers win claims of unfair dismissal
A number of personnel have been successful in their claims of unfair dismissal.
Three former employees of Black Country Learning Academy took legal action after being asked to relocate from Dudley to Wolverhampton, the Stourbridge News reports.
The organisation - which used to be based at the Savoy Centre in Netherton, Dudley - was moving to new premises.
Rachel Rikunendo, Kate Willetts and Elizabeth Barber said they would not begin working in Wolverhampton due to the travelling costs and the fact that the commute would have taken around two hours in total.
According to their legal representative, all three were sacked because of their stance on the move.
Tribunal judge Christopher Gaskell agreed that they had been unfairly dismissed and awarded them individual amounts in compensation.
The sums included a 25 per cent penalty increase because the company had failed to respond to grievance letters sent by the staff members.