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High Court bid to reinstate waiters

A dispute between a trade union and a Chinese restaurant was due to be heard this week at London’s High Court.

The Transport and General Workers’ Union (TGWU) claims four of its members, all waiters, were made redundant from the New Diamond restaurant in London’s Chinatown for no good reason.

Last month it picketed the restaurant, and the owner made the men a compensatory offer of £37,500 each (Caterer, 28 June, page 5).

According to the union, the restaurateur then claimed he had not taken legal advice when he made the offers and therefore they had been withdrawn.

The waiters subsequently picketed the restaurant. Afterwards they were served with an injunction by the restaurateur’s solicitor telling them not to picket it again.

The TGWU was due to take the restaurant to the High Court this week in a bid to get the injunction lifted and to try to win the men their jobs back.

Dave Turnbull, regional organiser for the union, said: “They don’t have transferable skills, and the only place they can work is Chinatown.

“They are worried that if they don’t get their jobs back they won’t have any work.”

by Louise Bozec

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