23 January 2012
Woolworths staff awarded £67m compensation pay
Redundancy compensation of £67 million is to be granted to former members of staff of Woolworths.
The retail group closed down four years ago due to the impact of the global economic downturn and more than 24,000 ex-employees of the organisation have now been awarded compensation following a tribunal in London.
Union USDAW - which represents more than 410,000 members across the country - took legal action against administrators Deloitte on the grounds the organisation had not completed its legal duty of consulting with the group prior to making any final decision on redundancies.
As such, the tribunal ruled that all members of the union should be issued with 60 days' pay in damages up to a maximum of £330 per week.
John Gorle, national officer for USDAW, applauded the decision and commented: "While the award is never going to fully compensate people for losing their jobs, I'm sure our members will welcome the money."
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Posted by Francesca Witney