SPCK Employment Tribunal Updates

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Matt Wardman reports:

A snapshot from yesterday’s Lincolnshire Echo. This is happening in a number of towns and cities.

SPCK staff take claims to tribunal

Four workers from a Lincoln bookshop are to take their claims of unfair dismissal to an employment tribunal later this month.

As reported in the Echo, staff at the SPCK bookshop in Sincil Street, which closed in March, have filed claims for unfair dismissal against the shop’s owner American charity the St Stephen the Great Trust.

It has now been reported that the trust, run by Texan brothers Philip and Mark Brewer, has been listed for bankruptcy in the US and has no assets to liquidate.

Shopworkers’ union Usdaw is taking a total of 30 cases to the tribunal at Bury St Edmunds on September 30.

NB: Since this report was posted it’s emerged that the Lincolnshire Echo got the date wrong: the hearings are scheduled for Thursday 18th Sept 2008 (see comments below).

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6 responses to “SPCK Employment Tribunal Updates

  1. taffled & twisted

    I have checked today and told the echo that they have it wrong. We do not have a tribunal date let alone one as soon as the end of the month. I thought I’d missed something!! They have apologised for getting my hopes up and sinking my heart into my boots all at the same time.

  2. This is strange. Some people are reporting that there’s a preliminary hearing in Bury St. Edmunds on 18th September. The truth is out there…

  3. I’ve written to Usdaw’s Media Officer, Cherry Hamilton, to ask for clarification…

  4. There is definately a hearing on the 18th September, because I have got the letter, about a month ago, and I had a letter this week saying I don’t have to attend, as they will send me a letter telling me what went on.

  5. Message from Cherry Hamilton this morning confirming 18th Sept for the tribunal hearings. Let’s hope & pray for some justice!

  6. The ‘hearing’ today is in actual fact a Case Management Hearing, a sort of pre-meeting to determine how best to proceed. It is at this meeting that the Tribunal Chairman may decide to use test cases to cover all 30+ ET claims from former employees. Should he do so it would probably mean that the whole process could be dealt with more expeditiously.

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