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Lawyer says firms 'playing fast and loose'

Redundant Tullis Russell workers get £1.5m payout

Tullis RussellRedundant workers at a Fife paper mill have been awarded £1.5 million in compensation after they were given just a day’s notice that they were out of a job.

Tullis Russell at Markinch in Fife, went into administration last April, putting 374 employees on the dole.

A lawyer said that the company was under obligation to give them a minimum of 45 days’ notice because the shutdown affected more than 100 employees.

An employment tribunal in Dundee, representing a joint claim, has decided that each will now receive the equivalent of eight weeks’ wages.

The compensation will be paid by the UK administration service which is funded by the taxpayer.

Paul Reilly, Unite branch secretary described it as “a great result”.

A similar action was taken by employees in Ayrshire who were dismissed at short notice by Mike Ashley’s retail company.

David Martyn of law firm Thompsons said: “The tax payer has picked up the tab because company directors have played fast and loose with the rules.

“This has to stop and I believe we need to see more criminal prosecutions of companies that behave this way.

“This happened with the recent case of Mike Ashley’s USC firm in relation to the way they behaved towards workers in Ayrshire.”

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