Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Redrow to appeal over holiday pay ruling

Redrow Homes is vowing to fight on with a legal battle to establish that operatives engaged under its standard form of contract as self- employed labour-only subcontractors are not entitled to holiday pay.

The company is going to the Court of Appeal to try and overturn a recent decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

The tribunal said two Redrow bricklayers were due holiday pay because they were “workers” within the terms of the regulations.

Ucatt is representing the two men. General secretary Alan Ritchie said: “Major housebuilders need to accept that they have to pay holiday money to workers just like any other company.

“House builders are pleading for support from the government due to the economic downturn. However, at the same time, many house builders are determined to further casualise their workforces, denying workers the most basic employment rights.

“It is unacceptable that house builders on the one hand seek government assistance and on the other try to further exploit their workforce.”

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