SSI steelworkers awarded compensation

SSI Steelworks Credit: ITV News

Former SSI steelworkers have been awarded a share of £6.25 million by an employment judge over lack of consultation when their plant in Redcar closed, according to the Community Union

A spokesperson says workers who were part of Community's claim will now receive from the government's Redundancy Payments Office their share of the award up to a maximum of 8 weeks’ pay, subject to statutory limits and deductions.

The headline figure would have been over £14m, but because SSI are bankrupt workers will only get the share that the Government pays.

A handful of the workers in Community's claim will need to await the outcome of the case being pursued by Unite.

There was no consultation which complied with specific requirements.

There wasn't any point in bringing a claim against SSI as, I take it, there is no money."

– Tribunal Judge Jeremy Hargrove

This is a deserved victory for our SSI members and it is only right and proper that the Tribunal found in our favour because of the way these workers were treated.

As the lead union in the claim the diligent preparation and hard work of our team of staff and lawyers has been rewarded today and our members will get what they are entitled to. This demonstrates the value of trade union membership.

However, as we have said before, this small victory will not compensate for the devastation from the end of steel making.

Today's judgement is not an end just a moment of welcome good news. In the coming days we will be supporting our members to access their share of the claim. Beyond that our work continues to secure a better future for the steel community on Teesside."

– Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community