Six workers awarded more than £120,000 over work transfer

Six workers awarded more than £120,000 over work transfer

Six workers in the Midlands have been awarded a total of more than £120,000 by an employment tribunal after complaints that they were ‘kept in the dark’ over transfers to another firm.

The workers, some of whom had amassed 20 years of service, were employed by North Midlands Construction PLC on contracts for Carillion Telent.

They were transferred to MB Groundbreaking Ltd of Wolverhampton and then lost their jobs.

The six men were among a total of 10 former North Midlands Construction employees who launched legal claims last year at Nottingham Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal, breach of contract and for unpaid wages and holiday pay after complaining they lost their jobs after being transferred, allegedly, without consultation.

The tribunal heard that the North Midlands firm was having considerable problems with contracts in both Shropshire and Lincolnshire, but at no stage were the claimants informed about this.

Following a series of tribunal hearings, Judge Mr. Hutchinson announced in an updated report that MB Groundbreaking Ltd was responsible for the six Shropshire workers.

As a result, Gary Blunt has been awarded £25,941, William Wallace, got £27,800, Peter Rushton, got £28,466, Winston Pusey, got £21,555, James Hedges was awarded £7,416 and Gary Emery £10,590.

Mr. Hutchinson, said that the workers’ claims that their former employers had failed to comply with the requirements of regulations involving the transfer of undertaking (protection of employees’ requirements) had been well founded.

He said: “I am satisfied MB Groundbreaking and Future Network Solutions simply decided to ignore the claimants and their duties towards them.

“They are all jointly responsible for any lack of consultation with the claimants.”

MB Groundbreaking Ltd has announced they are planning to appeal the decision.