Former Roadbridge employees mull legal claim

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Employees from collapsed civils contractor Roadbridge person sought ineligible proposal implicit compensation claims.

Linder Myers solicitors told CN that ex-employees from Roadbridge UK whitethorn beryllium capable to assertion important compensation if it is proved that they had not been adequately consulted anterior to the redundancy announcement issued past week.

On March 16 administrators Grant Thornton announced successful a connection that some Roadbridge’s UK subsidiary and the Irish genitor institution had ceased trading, with much than 200 UK employees expected to beryllium laid off.

Manchester-based Linder Myers said: “We person been contacted by a fig of ex-employees from Roadbridge UK concerning a protective grant assertion they privation to commence successful the employment tribunal. 

“The erstwhile ex-employees of Roadbridge UK volition beryllium capable to assertion important compensation if they were not consulted adequately anterior to their redundancy, adjacent successful cases of administration. After erstwhile discussions with ex-employees, it seems apt that due procedures were not followed successful this case.”

It is alleged that Roadbridge UK whitethorn person failed to comply with statutory obligations to collectively consult worker representatives implicit an due timescale anterior to making each of the employees redundant. 

Companies are expected to springiness astatine slightest 30 days’ anterior announcement of redundancy if much than 20 employees are acceptable to beryllium made redundant. The announcement play rises to 45 days if much than 100 unit are expected to suffer their jobs.

According to Linder Myers, if immoderate ineligible enactment is successful, ex-Roadbridge employees whitethorn beryllium entitled to up to 90 days’ pay, with 8 weeks’ wage guaranteed by the authorities if claims are brought to an employment tribunal.

Roadbridge’s UK concern operated retired of its office successful Welwyn Garden City and had a fig of contracts crossed the UK.

Roadbridge had been undertaking extended civils and earthworks packages connected the HS2 task for the Align associated venture, which consists of Bouygues, Sir Robert McAlpine and VolkerFitzpatrick.

The contractor’s Limerick-based genitor company, Roadbridge Ltd, has besides been placed into receivership, with Grant Thornton handling the affairs of some companies.

Commenting connected the determination to spot the institution successful receivership past week, Grant Thornton UK manager Rob Parker said: “Due to the fiscal presumption of the business, unluckily the UK concern has ceased to trade, with the immense bulk of the 215 employees being made redundant connected 16 March 2022.

“The associated administrators and their squad volition present ore their efforts connected supporting employees done the Redundancy Payments Service claims process during this hard time, arsenic good arsenic seeking to maximise realisations from the company’s assets for the payment of the creditors of the company.”