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Kinver man among former Enpure workers seeking compensation
1:46pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
A KINVER man is among more than 150 employees seeking a total of £400,000 compensation after they lost their jobs when a firm involved into the water industry went into administration.
Enpure Ltd, which moved from Kidderminster to Woodgate Valley Business Park, near Quinton, had an annual turnover of £65 million at its peak. But it faced “a challenging period in trading” last year and went into administration.
More than 30 of the former employees who lost their jobs complained at Birmingham Employment Tribunal about a lack of adequate consultation about their impending job losses and sought protective awards.
Under the Trade Union & Labour Relations Act employers are compelled to carry out full consultations with employees about impending job losses to give them time to find other jobs.
Protective awards are penal in nature, rather than compensatory, and are designed to encourage employers to comply with their legal obligations.
The former Enpure employees sought protective awards of the equivalent of eight weeks wages.
Robert Miller, of Kinver, was among those seeking awards at the tribunal.
He said: “Apparently, the protective awards have a weekly wage limit of about £450. But some former employees also sought compensation about company cars.”
Some former employees told the tribunal they were taken to the works canteen and told they could stay on for another two weeks but without pay.
Others said they were told “late on” that the firm was going into administration.
The tribunal was told the firm had tried to find a buyer without success.
Tribunal judge Miss Sheila Warren warned the claimants:”You may not get all the money you seek.” And she said a decision would be made at a later date.
Although only about 30 claimants attended the hearing the awards are expected to apply to all former employees.
The firm did not attend the hearing.
Enpure was said to have provided a range of services from design through to the commissioning stage in the water industry and was later involved in sewerage work.
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