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Former USC staff take administrators to tribunal

A group of former USC warehouse workers is taking the administrators of the bust young fashion chain to an employment tribunal.

Law firm Thompsons Solicitors will argue that USC’s owner Sports Direct and joint administrators Duff & Phelps and Gallaghers should have consulted with staff at least 30 days before closing the warehouse in Dundonald, Ayrshire, in January.

A notice was filed at Glasgow’s Employment Tribunal last week, but a hearing date has not been confirmed. It is thought Thompsons is representing 50 of the 200 warehouse employees.

Administrators were appointed to USC on January 13 and the Dundonald staff were told the following day that their jobs had been axed.

At a Scottish Affairs Committee hearing on March 25, Sports Direct chairman Keith Hellawell said there was insufficient time for a consultation period as the decision to close the warehouse was made too soon after the chain went into administration.

It is understood any payout to the warehouse workers may come from The Insolvency Service, rather than Sports Direct.

Sports Direct and Gallaghers declined to comment. Thompsons Solicitors and Duff & Phelps could not be reached for a comment.

@KirstyMcGregor

Readers' comments (3)

  • Good Luck, lads.
    Its a disgrace the way you were treated.

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  • Can't see how Sports Direct can win this as they knew exactly what they were doing.

    Hopefully the workers will win and get as many people never shop in an Ashley owned business again.

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  • This is just another example of Mike Ashley's contemt for his employees and putting his companies profits before any legal or moral obligations to the people in his employ. Let's hope they get what they are entitles to and Mr Ashley changes his attitude towards his employees!! If enough people stop buying from his stores he must take notice.

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