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GMB draws up legal claims for JJB workers

The GMB has slammed JJB Sports’ over its decision to shut 72 stores and axe 800 jobs and accused it of breaching employment rights.

The GMB said that, after consulting solicitors, it was now in the process of putting together legal claims for a protective 90 day notice award on behalf of its members who work in the stores.

The GMB said that JJB planned to give two weeks and 30 days notice to the store workers and to pay the statutory minimum redundancy pay of £330 per week. The GMB believes the workers should have been given a 90 day consultation notice and are claiming up to £4,290 per employee. If all 800 workers join in the claim, the GMB would attempt to claim up to £3.4 million from JJB.

Eddie Gaudie, GMB organiser, said: “It is disgusting the way JJB Sports has treated its loyal workforce some of whom have up to 25 years service with the company. They have been chucked out, GMB believe now that we received legal advice, in breach of their employment rights.”

JJB Sports declined to comment.

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