Glasgow's 13th Note bar workers win tribunal after multiple staff made redundant

Staff were made redundant at The 13th Note.
Staff were made redundant at The 13th Note. -Credit:Google Maps

Workers at Glasgow's The 13th Note bar have won a tribunal against their former employer after they were made redundant last summer.

The iconic music venue on King Street announced its sudden closure in July 2023, just three days after employees took strike action over wages and safety concerns, which led to 18 members of staff losing their jobs 'with no consultation'.

Staff took their former employer to a tribunal and have won their protective award claim after bosses failed to consult with them before making the shock redundancies.

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The tribunal has ruled that the workers be paid for 90 days of service.

Unite general secretary, Sharon Graham said: "Unite is pleased the workers at 13th Note have won their tribunal against their former employer after they were made redundant last year with absolutely no consultation.

"The ruling is a complete vindication for the workers who unionised in the face of shocking conditions which saw the venue shut by environmental health.

"As this case shows, Unite is unrelenting when it comes to defending our members’ interests and holding bad employers to account."

Employees will now be focussing on taking over The 13th Note lease from Glasgow City Council to reopen it as one of the best venues in the city, Unite says.

Workers staged a walkout.
Workers staged a walkout. -Credit:Unite Hospitality

Unite lead organiser for the hospitality sector, Bryan Simpson, said: "The successful tribunal claim of 13th Notes workers’ came after they were made redundant without notice, in what was one of the most shocking examples of trade union victimisation Glasgow has seen.

"Let this serve as a warning to unscrupulous hospitality employers everywhere; your workers will win justice and Unite will have their back."

Nick Troy, lead Unite rep at 13th Note said: "We unionised to win a fairer and safer workplace at 13th Note but our employer did everything it could to stop us, including closing our workplace.

"When it came to sacking us, the company didn’t even have the decency to inform us first - issuing a press release to the media before telling the workers that they had lost their jobs.

"With justice served, we can now turn our focus onto taking the venue back into workers’ hands so that Glasgow has a unionised bar and music venue that pays and treats its workers with respect."

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