Unite members to take Scotland’s largest hospitality e...

Unite members to take Scotland’s largest hospitality employer G1 Group to employment tribunal in landmark legal case

09 July 2018

A syndicate of eight hospitality workers will today (9 July) launch their legal battle for justice and compensation following their wrongful and unfair dismissal from the Grosvenor Cafe on Ashton Lane in 2017. 

Thompsons Solicitors who will be prosecuting the case, will argue that our members were refused representation from their trade union, denied contractual notice pay and unfairly dismissed when they were sacked en masse in September last year. 

The case will be the first time that the G1 Group has been taken to full tribunal for unfair dismissal.

This comes only three years after G1 Group was fined £45,000 for failing to pay 2,895 staff the minimum wage. (1) The G1 Group was also forced to pay back £411,000 to Skills Development Scotland after “major financial irregularities” were found. (2) 

Bryan Simpson from Unite Hospitality said: “Our members were sacked without a proper disciplinary process in complete breach of the Acas Code of Practice. 

“Instead of following a fair and transparent disciplinary process, the G1 Group invited our members to the company's HQ (Stefan Kings’ house) to be summarily dismissed without representation or notice pay.”

“G1 has a habit of settling out of court when it does wrong by its employees. From gagging orders to compromise agreements the company will do anything to avoid being unveiled for the exploitative employers that they are. 

"Our members have decided that they won’t be gagged and are willing to tell all about the way they have been treated at tribunal.”


For further comment please contact Bryan Simpson 07891118390

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Unite is Scotland’s biggest union representing over 140,000 workers across the country. 

The Scottish secretary is Pat Rafferty