GREENCORE could be forced to pay out nearly €1.5m to some of its workers in the UK in a settlement over pay and holidays.
According to a statement issued by the trade union Unite this morning, more than 400 workers will receive a share of £1.2m (€1.49m) from the company, after it apparently “won” an employment tribunal on behalf of the staff against the company.
The dispute is said to date back to 2010 when the staff “agreed to temporarily suspend premium pay rates and enhanced holiday pay rates from June 2010 to October 2011 in order to help the company during difficult trading conditions”.
Unite said the conditions remained in place after that October passed.
Unite national officer Jennie Formby said the decision was “great news”.
“It's great news that the workers at this cake and dessert supplier to the country's best known supermarkets eventually got justice.
"Many of these workers had to survive on poverty wages since management changed the terms,” she added.
A Greencore spokesman said the company “acknowledged the recent decision in the tribunal case in this matter”.
“However, it is very important to note that the case has not concluded and, in particular, no specific claim has been agreed or stipulated by the tribunal,” he added.