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Weston workers win unfair dismissal claim

Weston workers win unfair dismissal claim

Seven employees of a Weston firm could be due compensation after they were successful with an unfair dismissal claim.

Book binding firm West Country Binders (WCB) was forced into administration last year, but re-opened one month later as UK Book Binders (UBB), the Weston and Somerset Mercury Reports.

All 25 staff members were made redundant, but UBB came into being before WCB was formally liquidated.

When UBB tried to release ten workers, seven of them appealed for unfair dismissal.

However, Bristol Employment Tribunal ruled UBB was a continuation of WCB and so it did not go through the proper consultations with Unite - the union representing the employees.

Martin Hodges, regional officer for the union - which has over 1.5 million members - said: "Unite is concerned and appalled that any company can get away with closing down and opening up with a new name and we will pursue any company trying ... that."

Posted by Chris Stevenson

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