Altrincham Solicitors Take On The Big Guys- And Win

July 26, 2012 9:18 am

Neil Myerson Solicitors AltrinchamAltrincham Solicitors Neil Myerson LLP has successfully represented 44 individuals in a group action in the Employment Tribunal against the Thomas Cook group of companies. The action arises out of the collapse of the software development company Bluesky Travel Systems Limited and the transfer of its business activities to the Thomas Cook group.

Failure to consult employees costs troubled Thomas Cook group £500,000

Each of the 44 claimants has been awarded the maximum award of 90 days’ gross pay in relation to the complete failure to inform and consult with employees about the effects of the transfer of activities to the Thomas Cook group. The failure was contrary to the requirements of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. The total value of the award to the claimants is in the region of £500,000.

Altrincham Solicitor Jo Henderson

Joanne Henderson, Senior Solicitor, who represents the claimants, commented:

“these complex proceedings were first issued in 2009 and so it is very satisfying to have overcome a number of legal hurdles and finally achieve this great result and a significant monetary award for the claimants.”

The claimants’ other claims including for unfair dismissal will be heard later in the year and are valued in the region of a further £2,000,000.

The result follows a recent trend where Employment Tribunals have been willing to award significant sums of money to claimants where there has been a failure to comply with obligations to inform and consult employees. High profile cases based on similar principles have involved household names such as Woolworths and Ethel Austin.


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