HUNDREDS of former call centre workers are hoping to be in line for payouts after they won a tribunal claim over their dismissal.
Workers brought an employment tribunal claim for unfair dismissal against the company in Newcastle yesterday.
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They want their outstanding wages paid because they said there was not a 90-day consultation over the job losses, as required by law.
Last night, employment law experts said that staff taking a company to a tribunal after it goes into administration is common practice to ensure they get what is termed a a basic protective award payment.
One of the affected workers, Emma Weardon, 19, from Guisborough, North Yorkshire, who has now found work elsewhere, said: “We were sacked and asked to leave the office within half an hour.
“If we can get this money before Christmas I will be over the moon, but we will have to wait and see.”
Kevin Rowan, regional secretary of the TUC, said: “These are exactly the kind of problems that happen when companies are not open with their staff about their financial situation and they end up closing very quickly.”