Glasgow workers made redundant 'could be due thousands in compensation'

Go-Centric offices <i>(Image: Colin Mearns)</i>
Go-Centric offices (Image: Colin Mearns)

Lawyers have initiated action to get money for hundreds of Glasgow workers suddenly made redundant last week.

Go-Centric closed its office in the city, making hundreds of staff redundant.

The company dealt in outsourcing and had contracts for test and trace services for the NHS.

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The lawyers on the case said the workers could be in line for payouts of thousands of pounds.

The Glasgow Times revealed last week how the firm, based on Renfield Street, let staff go on Thursday just hours after it is believed a refinancing deal fell through.

The company sent out a notice confirming it would stop trading 'immediately'.

Thompsons Solicitors are now acting for staff who lost their jobs and it believes the company has ignored strict Government rules in how it let its staff go.

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Paul Kissen manages the law firm’s protective awards unit.

He said: “It’s absolutely shocking that almost 600 workers have lost their jobs with no notice just before Christmas.

“This company, which was funded by public money, has behaved in a heartless and completely irresponsible way. The workers who lost their jobs are entitled to compensation.

“We are already engaging with workers from Go-Centric and are moving quickly to secure protective awards for as many staff as we can. We hope to organise a meeting in Glasgow as soon as possible so we can meet with and help as many ex Go-Centric employees as we can.”

Go-Centric said it had safeguarded 250 jobs.

It stated: “We have put in place several support measures for our colleagues at this very difficult time, including recruitment and mental health advice.”

Thompsons said it has previously been successful in securing payouts for staff who were made redundant by their employers.

It highlighted cases it won, including for workers at former Glasgow department store Watt Brothers three years ago.

Thompsons won a landmark case against Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley after he sacked warehouse workers in Ayrshire with just 15 minutes' notice.