Workers made redundant from construction company Mivan have won a payout worth £2,500 each, their union said.
The 144 employees lost their jobs without warning when the Antrim firm went into administration in January. An industrial tribunal in Belfast granted the award.
William Glendinning from Newtownabbey, formerly a labourer with Mivan, said: "As the senior trade union representative in the workplace, I expected that the employer would have consulted with us about the proposed redundancies which came as a complete surprise.
"This extra compensation is very helpful to myself and the others who lost their jobs with no prior warning and consultation, a number of whom remain unemployed or had to go abroad to get work."
In a case taken on behalf of the workers by solicitors Thompsons Northern Ireland it was argued that the workers were entitled to an award as the company had failed to consult the workers prior to making them redundant. The tribunal granted the payout for all who made a claim.
As Mivan is insolvent the award will be paid by the Redundancy Payments Service, run by the Department for Employment and Learning, and is capped at eight weeks pay.
Andy Fisher, regional secretary for the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) said: "Dedicated construction workers, many with years of service with the company, were dismissed without warning.
"It is only through the combined efforts of UCATT and Thompsons NI, that these workers have been able to receive compensation."
Mivan (No1) Limited made all 283 of its employees redundant between January 17 2014 and May 2 2014.
The decision to make the protective award paves the way for other former employees at Mivan to also claim compensation, the union said.