Sacked building workers awarded €48,000
THE Employment Appeals Tribunal has made a number of large payouts to workers who were unfairly dismissed, including a total of almost €100,000 to two blocklayers who were victims of the sudden downturn in the property market.
Michael McCourt, of 39 Selskar Avenue, Skerries, Co Dublin; and James Deegan, of 122 Grace Park Meadows, Dublin 9, had both worked for Pierse Contracting for nearly two decades.
They were awarded €48,000 each after an Employment Tribunal found they were unfairly dismissed from the company.
Although the company operated a policy of "last in, last out", this changed in 2006 when they made an agreement with union shop stewards that they would be the last to be made redundant.
Mr McCourt and Mr Deegan were laid off when three others, who had been with the company for far less time, were kept on.
Elsewhere, Josephine Molloy, 14 Ballybrit Heights, Ballybrit, Galway and Maire Davoren, 8 The Paddocks, Ballybrit, Galway, were awarded €22,000 and €16,000 respectively after they took separate cases against the Bons Secours Hospital, Renmore, Galway.
The Tribunal determined that the hospital had unfairly dismissed Ms Molloy and Ms Davoren. However, in both cases, the Tribunal held the women had partly contributed to their dismissals by getting a third party to lie on their behalf.