Former GHA staff awarded compensation

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Staff that lost their jobs when GHA Coaches ceased trading have been awarded compensation.

Over 300 people were made redundant when the Wrexham-based operator went bust last summer. Over 180 previous employees have successfully gained compensation through the legal aid of Liz Cotton at JMW Solicitors LLP.

The team at JMW was able to secure compensation when the business went into administration over unpaid taxes. A tribunal ruled GHA had failed to properly consult with employees before making dismissals, so they are entitled to 90 days’ pay. The pay will be capped at eight weeks’ pay due to damages, a maximum of £3,800, being paid by the Department of Business Innovation and Skill.

Liz Cotton said: “We are delighted to have won the judgement for GHA’s failure to consult properly over the redundancy of their employees.

“We are pleased that the judge felt GHA should have done more to consult with their employees when they knew the company was in trouble.

“The damages will hopefully help the ex-employees be able to move on after losing their jobs with no warning at all.”