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Drivers win E68k dismissal claim

7th February 2008
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THREE DRIVERS HAVE been awarded a total of nearly £68,000 for unfair dismissal after losing their jobs with Exel Europe.

However, Birmingham Employment Tribunal made the award against Coventry-based Bost Logistics rather than Exel.

John Gumbley, Michael Smith and Andy Rowberry were all based at Exers Redditch depot in Worcestershire. Their job was transporting Land Rover parts to and from the Solihull plant for an Exel customer until the contract was lost to haulage firm Bost The three drivers told the Tribunal that Exel had promised they would be transferred to Bost. But when they turned up for work at Bost they were told there was no work for them.

An Exel spokeswoman said all three were offered alternative jobs but did not accept them. 'This was regarded as a resignation by all three," she added.

Gumbley, who had been employed by Exel for 12 years. said he and his colleagues were dismissed and that Exel was responsible The Tribunal decided that all three drivers had been unfairly dismissed but it noted that a transfer of employment had taken place so Exel was dismissed from the proceedings.

Instead the Tribunal decided that Bost was responsible for the dismissals. Smith was awarded £31,103, Gumbley £19,000 and Rowberry £17,614.

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