Ex-TelesensKSCL employees, laid off after their company went into receivership, will today lodge the largest class action lawsuit in Scottish history for compensation against new owners Convergys and receivers Deloitte & Touche.
The 220 staff, who were made redundant on 28th June by the receivers Deloitte & Touche, and who received no salary for the month, nor redundancy, notice payments nor statutory consultation, are bringing the £8 million (US$12 million) action.
Three days after the redundancies, the company was sold to US telecoms billing company Convergys for $10 million.
The ex-employees, some of whom were pregnant woman on maternity leave, set up a Class Action Group to fight their case.
"Not only are we seeking the money that is owed to us, we are also hoping that by taking this action we force changes in the law so that this does not happen to anyone else ever again," said Mike Cicero, spokesperson for the group.
The case will centre on the claim that the workers received nothing, even though the company was sold for $10 million, and are seeking compensation for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination under European legislation.
"The information given to me by my constituents makes me highly suspicious of the motives and operation of this company," said Nigel Griffiths, Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South and the Minister for Small Business. "I have asked the Department of Trade and Industry to investigate the collapse of TelesensKSCL and advise on what action - if any - can be taken."
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