Security firm loses holiday pay bid
A company which provided security for the Police Service of Northern Ireland could have to pay out more than £40,000 after losing a test employment tribunal case over holiday pay, it was claimed.
Resource UK Ltd must pay all employees 28 days' paid holiday each to conform to European working time regulations, a tribunal ruling secured by the GMB union said.
The panel in Belfast decided that the company's claim that paying double time for a day's leave allowed it to reduce the amount of paid leave employees are entitled to each year is not legal under the directives.
Resource UK is a security company employing 700 people to provide security at around 70 police stations and other locations. Staff also monitor CCTV and undertake detention duties within stations.
The company has been ordered to pay a total of £1,154 to compensate three GMB security staff for holiday time not paid in the year 2010/11. The union said several other cases were waiting to be heard by tribunals on the same issue. GMB has asked Resource if it will settle all outstanding cases but the company is still reviewing the test case decision.
The amount owed per person ranges from £196 to £800. The union said the amount outstanding in claims could run to more than £40,000.
Michael Mulholland, GMB regional officer, said: "These workers do an important job as part of the law-enforcement community across Northern Ireland. GMB consider that this ruling is a good outcome to a struggle that began over two years ago and reflects the determination of the union to secure our members' legal rights.
"The outcome proves the value of trade union membership to workers, especially those employed by the private sector contractors like this one.
"All employers in Northern Ireland need to be aware that GMB will take action to ensure that they conform to all employment legislation."
A spokesman for Resource UK Ltd declined to comment.