That’s wonder of unions, Woolies workers discover

FORMER employees of Buxton’s Woolworths store are set to receive compensation payouts after a legal battle by shop workers’ union Usdaw.

The retailer went into administration in November 2008 with the Buxton branch closing a month later. More than 20 staff lost their jobs.

But now Usdaw have won compensation worth up to £67.8 million for the company’s 24,000 former employees.

Usdaw made a claim on behalf of its members for a Protective Award after the administrators failed in their legal duty to consult with the union before making redundancies.

And last week the Employment Tribunal awarded Usdaw members compensation of 60 days pay, capped at £330 a week, after months of legal wrangling.

John Gorle, Usdaw National Officer, said: “While the award is never going to fully compensate people for losing their jobs, I’m sure our members will welcome the money and appreciate the effort Usdaw has made to secure the compensation for them.

“Cases like this once again demonstrate the immense value of belonging to a trade union.”