Six Kosovan workers who were wrongly dismissed by FM Conway, a civil engineering company, have won a total of £46,210.24 after the employment tribunal ruling.
They were under constant pressure to work on a self-employment basis after their transfer to FM Conway in 2007 in London. They refused to do so they were dismissed in September 2008 on bases of their trade union activities with Ucatt.
Alan Ritchie, general secretary of construction union Ucatt, said: “Companies such as FM Conway have got to realise that, in the 21st century, workers must be treated with respect and cannot be sacked on a whim.”
Their representative at employment tribunal, Steve Cottingham, a partner at solicitors OH Parsons, said: “Vulnerable workers have the same rights as anyone else in the workplace, and companies must learn that they cannot get away with mistreating them.”