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Huge payout after 'no notice' redundancies

12 December 2011

With the TSSA'S help 20 London-based employees of Cyprus Turkish Airlines have won a £240,000 settlement after they were laid off with no notice when the airline went bust last year.


The workers are Cypriot nationals but had been longstanding members of the TSSA.

Anna Power at Morrish Solicitors, acting for the TSSA's members, today said 'When Cyprus Turkish Airlines' parent company went into substantial financial difficulty in August 2010, these UKbased employees could not get any information about what was going on. The only information they could get was through the press. TSSA took their employer to the Employment Tribunal on the grounds of unfair dismissal, unpaid wages, notice pay, outstanding holiday pay and a Protective Award. The cheque has been received by the TSSA members and they will divide the total amount between them.'

Kemal Kenan, who was one of the workers, told the Journal 'On behalf of the 20 of us, I can safely say that if it weren't for TSSA and Morrish Solicitors we could never have hoped to make this claim. Their perseverance and hard work finally paid off with a very satisfactory deal, but only after more than a year of struggle and heartbreak. The final resolution has been very pleasing to us all – we owe it all to our union and those at Morrish.'

Tony Wheeler of the TSSA said 'I want to congratulate our solicitors for winning a pay off for our members who were left totally high and dry with the closure of Cyprus Turkish Airlines. It is never easy dealing with overseas companies but in this case our members have rightly been compensated.'

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