On Friday 13, the Employment Tribunal in Leeds held that the Administrators of Comet had failed to adequately consult with the redundant employees, meaning that up to 7,000 employees were entitled to a Protective Award, estimated at a cost of a further £25 million.
As Comet has no money, it will be up to the government to meet this cost. Vince Cable is reported to have promised to investigate the insolvency system in the wake of the collapse. Meanwhile, the Insolvency Service is investigating the case but has yet to publish its findings.
The profession argues that consultation is difficult in an insolvency situation and indeed that Tribunals often take little notice of their representations.
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