Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

March 30, 2007 11:47 ET

Amicus members win fight for unpaid wages

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - March 30, 2007) - Amicus members employed at the Newport site of Smiths News Trading Limited have won their fight for unpaid wages dating back to Christmas Day 2005.

The Company had initially refused payment arguing that Christmas Day 2005 fell on a Sunday and that the employees were not contractually required to work Sundays and therefore not entitled to payment.

However, the six employees, all of whom are night packers and drivers were poised to give evidence at an Employment Tribunal to the contrary when Smiths conceded and made payment to them.

David Lewis, Amicus Regional Official, who commenced the Employment Tribunal proceedings on behalf of the Amicus members said: "This was an important issue and we were prepared to fight for the rights of our members, even though the amounts being claimed were relatively small."

John Evans, Amicus FOC, added: "The whole ethos of the company is that it is a 24 hours a day. 365 days per year operation. The emphasis within the company is on flexibility and this, in practice, has always meant that workers work on Sunday and public holidays, unless they have previously booked it as holiday or a lieu day."


Contact Information

  • Amicus Regional Official
    David Lewis
    01443 841 242 or 07795 428400
    Amicus press office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761