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Ex-Focus employees could receive payout of £2,500 each

Published: 21 June 2012
Tribunal rules that collapsed DIY chain "failed to fully consult" with trade union Unite when it let employees go last year, meaning around 1,500 former Focus store workers could be in line for compensation.
The tribunal in Manchester saw ex-employees awarded 90 days pay, after it was found that Focus had not held consultations with trade union Unite when it went into administration last May, therefore breaching legal requirements.

However, the maximum the Redundancy Payments Office can pay out is 56 days, so Unite is now appealing for the employees to get in touch to see if they are eligible of the full payout, which could be as much as £2,500 each.

Unite regional officer Caroline Crolley said of the ruling: "At the Manchester employment tribunal last week, Unite was successful in winning a protective award for employees made redundant by the closure of 123 stores at Focus DIY. The judgement of the tribunal was that all employees who were store workers made redundant by Focus in a store employing 20 staff or more should be awarded 90 days compensation."

She added that former employees should contact her at Unite on 01902 426434 to give their details and find out if they could be in line to pocket a payout of as much as £2,500.

Despite administrator Ernst & Young being responsible for axing staff when the DIY chain collapsed last year, it is the taxpayer who will have to foot the bill for the compensation payout, leading union officials to call on Government to alter insolvency laws and making administrators more accountable.

Comments

Published prior to March 2014
By Daisy
I honestly believe this is discrimination against smaller stores. Why should colleagues who had colleagues leave and told not to replace miss out again because of this ridiculous rule. I hadnt been with te company for a whole year so not only did i get no redundancy i also gotr very little notice and was not allowed ime off for job hunting. This yet again is penalising honest hard working and loyal colleagues
Published prior to March 2014
By Diyman
certain directors if u look at cva earlier it is accounted for in the document book all focus colleagues got to vote on....before adminstration took there money out of the buissiness then...funny how theyve all gone silent over last year
Published prior to March 2014
By Ex focus colleague
How very true but to say that only stores with 20 or more workers at the time of administration is a joke i dont think any had that many staff i no we didnt.
Published prior to March 2014
By Quizzical
A small glimmer of good news from a disaster situation for store and support centre colleagues last year. Why not all colleagues, why the restriction on store numbers? A lot of stores were cut to the bone by the time the sword fell, and wouldn't have had 20 colleagues in them! I'd still love to know what happened to the 350 million plus that was siphoned into FLP2 just before the administrators were called in, given that didn't go bust, ............

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