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Married couple win unfair dismissal case

Married couple win unfair dismissal case

Compensation has been awarded to an ex-club steward and his wife who took their employer to a tribunal on the grounds of unfair dismissal.

According to the Spenborough Guardian, Ralph Wilson lost his job at the Roberttown Working Men's Club in April 2011, while his wife Teresa - who worked as steward's assistant at the organisation - was also made redundant at the same time.

Their positions came with a home they had been living in since 1988, meaning the couple also lost their house as well as their jobs.

The industrial tribunal heard that the club committee first became aware of serious financial problems in late 2010 and therefore offered Mr and Mrs Wilson new contracts with their hours reduced by 33 per cent.

However, just four days after a meeting with chairman Craig Edmundson in March 2011, the pair lost their positions.

The ruling stated: "We are satisfied that consultation with Mr Wilson was so inadequate as to render his dismissal unfair."

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Posted by Francesca Witney