Ucatt wins employment tribunal case after Mitie Property Services terminated five carpenters and plasterers' contracts

Ucatt has won back jobs for workers after their contracts were terminated by Mitie Property Services.

The five young workers, all carpenters and plasterers, successfully completed apprenticeships with Mitie in July 2007, and were given a 12-month temporary contract during which time they were due to receive further training.

The training however, did not materialise, and Mitie terminated their contracts in July 2008.

Ucatt took the matter to an employment tribunal leading to an intervention by ACAS. Following detailed negotiations, Ucatt won the argument for the workers' reinstatement, and they have now been offered a contract of employment and a £6,000 pay increase compared with their previous earnings.

Steve Murphy, regional secretary for Ucatt’s Midlands Region, said: “This case demonstrates to young workers the clear advantages of joining a union.”

Mitie Property Services operates the maintenance and repairs services for Birmingham City Council’s housing stock.`