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300 staff take Turning Point to tribunal for unfair dismissal

July 19 2013

More than 300 staff from the charity, Turning Point, have lodged unfair dismissal claims at the employment tribunal.

Turning Point is a national health and social care provider helping people tackle substance misuse, mental health issues, a learning disability, or employment difficulties.

The claim has been lodged by the union Unite following a long dispute over the charity’s decision to make employees sign new contracts which, for many, included pay cuts and reduced redundancy payments.

Unite claims the organisation is not in financial difficulty, and argues that its action on staff contracts is designed to enable it to expand and undercut other providers.

Jamie Major, regional office of Unite, said: “Turning Point has lost its soul. Anyone can see that what Lord Victor Adebowale and Turning Point have done is morally wrong. It’s now up to the tribunal to decide if they have broken the law.”

A spokesman from Turning Point said: “Unite has previously acknowledged that Turning Point has not created the current difficult economic environment we are all working in that has made these changes necessary. 

“The changes were not made lightly and were made to protect jobs and services. As an organisation we remain committed to maintaining the base pay for all our employees and have also raised the base pay of some our front line staff.

“We are working with all our staff through these changes and appreciate their ongoing commitment to providing a high level of specialist service to those who rely on our consistent support.”

If you have a case for unfair dismissal, call the specialist Employment Law team at PM Law in Sheffield on 0114 2965444.