Grand Pier settles

PUBLISHED: 15:55 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

Kerry Michael

Kerry Michael

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FOUR former Grand Pier workers, who were made redundant after the attraction burned down, have been given small out of court settlements this week.

FOUR former Grand Pier workers, who were made redundant after the attraction burned down, have been given small out of court settlements this week.

A tribunal found that the landmark building's owners Kerry and Michelle Michael were technically at fault in the redundancies made in 2008.

The Tribunal found in the pier owner's favour in respect of the breach of contract and unlawful deduction claims that were alleged.

As a result, the ex-staff members' claims for £60,000-£78,000 were reduced to sums between £1,500 and £2,500 in an out of court settlement recommended by the tribunal.

Mr Michael said: "I am very disappointed that these claims were brought at all and I am pleased the tribunal found there was a genuine and unavoidable redundancy situation here.

"It also found that we sought to treat our staff fairly and kept their employment going for as long as we possibly could and when it became obvious that it could not continue, we offered enhanced redundancy terms to assist them."

Mr Michael added that he thought the process was avoidable and had been a distraction from rebuilding the landmark attraction.

The case was brought by former assistant manager Malcolm Wood, pavilion manager Thomas Sprackman, and staff members Peter Chiarletti, Robert Evans and John Parker.

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