Former employees of collapsed wholesaler Palmer & Harvey (P&H) have won a legal battle in the employment tribunal to receive eight weeks of redundancy pay owed. 

The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) successfully helped the former staff receive a Protective Award after giving evidence against P&H in court. 

The Protective Award entitles eight weeks of redundancy pay to former employees with a grade of M4 or below employed at sites with more than 20 employees. 

Grade M4 refers to staff at a managerial level, such as branch department, sales and transport staff. 

All former employees are entitled to the award, regardless of whether they are an USDAW member or not.

The Protective Award entitles staff to up to 90 days’ redundancy pay. 

However, ex-P&H employees will receive eight weeks’ worth as it is being funded by the government, not P&H.

An email to former employees from USDAW national officer Mark Todd said: “As you will
be aware, USDAW attended the employment tribunal and gave evidence to support our Protective Award claim against P&H. 

“The award will be paid by the Redundancy Payments Office.”

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