Yesterday, Reuters described how workers from collapsed French car parts manufacturer New Fabris threatened to blow up their plant to increase redundancy payouts. This follows a series of "bossnappings" earlier this year when workers held company executives hostage in a bid for better compensation.
This being England, it simply wouldn't be cricket to do things like that. But, seriously, if you are made redundant you need to know your employee redundancy rights, make the most of your payout, and try to get the best deal possible.
What is redundancy?
Redundancy occurs when an employer needs to reduce the workforce for some reason unrelated to the conduct or capability of the individual(s) concerned.
Generally, your job must disappear for you to be made redundant, but it can also happen if someone else's job disappears and they are moved into your job, making you redundant.
This is known as "bumping," which often happens when a more senior employee is prepared to take a more junior role to avoid redundancy. An employer may find it hard to justify bumping as fair, however, which could lead to a claim for unfair dismissal.
Employee redundancy rights & redundancy rules
Employees have a number of legal rights in relation to redundancy, including: