Employment Tribunal in Lincolnshire Echo

Matt Wardman writes:

Further developments in the Employment Tribunal cases between ex-staff of the SPCK Bookshops and the Society of Saint Stephen the Great Charitable Trust (plus two further Brewer run businesses entities by which the staff may or may not have been employed depending on what the Tribunal Judge decides was the most likely sequence of events in the business-entity tango during 2007 and 2008).

Anyway, this is how the Lincolnshire Echo reported it:

Bookstore closure legal action date set

Legal action against an American company which owned the SPCK chain of bookstores, including a Lincoln branch, will start in May next year.

A preliminary hearing into industrial action will be held between May 11 and 13.

Four staff at the SPCK Christian 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.

The trust, run by Texan brothers Philip and Mark Brewer, has been listed for bankruptcy in the US.

Shopworkers’ union Usdaw is acting on behalf of former SPCK staff in Lincoln and several other branches including those in York and Norwich.

Click here!Usdaw spokesman Cherry Hamilton said: “The preliminary hearing will decide who owned SPCK at the time.”

The Brewer brothers are in dispute with the union over who was the legal owner of the chain, she added.

The preliminary hearing will involve three test cases. The results will affect other claimants, said Ms Hamilton.

The hearing will be held in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

(If you are thinking of buying a book in the Sincil Street shop – don’t bother as it has gone. Buy it here instead at Unicorn Tree Books. I don’t know what a Unicorn Tree is either – a tree with a single corn, perhaps? Ask them for me and let us know below).

One response to “Employment Tribunal in Lincolnshire Echo

  1. Hey Matt,

    Thanks for the mention of Unicorn Tree Books!
    I can answer that one or do we want to see if anyone can guess or has been in and got the spiel or comes in and gets the spiel??
    There are at least 12 people in the last few months that should know the answer as they have asked about the name, some of them enquiring how christian can a business be with that sort or new age name!
    Great to see that the Echo is still supporting and reporting on the issue and not letting it drift into abeyance.

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