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M&Co employees to take legal action over redundancies

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Over 90 M&Co employees are to take legal action against the retailer after closure of around 2,000 stores, following its collapse into administration in 2022.

As a result, administrators made a number of redundancies at M&Co’s head office and distribution centre in Inchinnan, alongside the fashion retailer’s buying office in London.

Earlier this year M&Co was purcahsed by AK Retail Holdings for an undisclosed sum, however, the retailer’s store estate was not part of the purchase, resulting in over around 1,900 job losses.

According to Morrish Solicitors, which is representing the employees, there was “no advance warning” of redundancies.

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“There should have been an information and consultation period before any decisions were made to make redundancies,” it stated.

“With just weeks to go until Christmas and without any warning, staff were made redundant at M&Co,” Morrish Solicitors employment solicitor Omar Ghaffoor said.

“We have therefore been instructed to lodge Employment Tribunal proceedings for more than 90 individuals from both sites to secure compensation for what happened.”

He added: “Where more than 20 redundancies are made at one workplace without an information and consultation process, those made redundant can pursue a claim for a protective award – compensation of up to 90 days’ pay per employee. Some of that can be recovered from the national insurance fund.

“Those involved in these legal proceedings could therefore receive up to £4,568 depending on their weekly pay and subject to deductions.”

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