Victory for former USC employees
Sacked Ashley employees win case at tribunal
Workers made redundant at short notice by retailer Mike Ashley’s USC clothing chain have won their case against the company.
The firm – now under the control of administrator Duff & Phelps – gave 50 Ayrshire workers just 15 minutes’ notice before they lost their jobs in January.
The employees, who worked at a warehouse in Dundonald, secured a protected redundancy payout at a tribunal in Glasgow.
Thompsons represented the workers whose company was a subsidiary of Mr Ashley’s Sports Direct chain.
Stock was removed from the warehouse at short notice when a number of lorries arrived, but the staff were not informed.
A written judgment on the case states: “A staff meeting was called for 14 January. At that meeting a letter was given to all employees regarding the situation.
“After approximately 15 minutes given to employees to digest the contents of that letter a second pre-prepared letter was issued to employees.
“That letter referred to there having been consultation and it intimated redundancies. The employees were dismissed in terms of that letter.
“There had in fact been no discussion or consultation regarding alternatives of information as to redundancies.”
Duff & Phelps is now expected to set aside money for the claimants.