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Payout for former Mivan workers

Workers made redundant when Northern Ireland-based Mivan fell into administration have been awarded a payout after a successful industrial tribunal hearing.

Mivan went into administration in early January 2014, with 242 out of 289 employees made redundant the same month and the remaining employees let go by 2 May.

MJM Group bought the Mivan name and its assets from administrators on 31 January 2014.

An industrial tribunal on 12 December granted that workers were entitled to a protective award capped at eight weeks’ pay as the company had failed to consult the workers before making them redundant.

A total of 144 former Mivan employees made a claim with construction union Ucatt, in a case taken on by solicitors Thompsons NI. They are each expected to receive around £2,500 in compensation.

The award will be paid by the Redundancy Payments Services because the Mivan business is insolvent.

Thompsons NI solicitor John O’Neill said there were still around 140 former Mivan employees that had not brought a claim, and that the tribunal decision paved the way for further awards.

Ucatt member and former Mivan labourer William Glendinning said: “As the senior trade union representative in the workplace, I expected that the employer would have consulted with us about the proposed redundancies, which came as a complete surprise.

“This extra compensation is very helpful to myself and the others who lost their jobs with no prior warning and consultation, a number of whom remain unemployed or had to go abroad to get work.”