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Christian book publisher forced to pay up after 'shocking' handling of redundancies

Tue 19 Dec 2017
By Tola Mbakwe

Christian publisher Lion Hudson PLC has been ordered to pay 37 employees after an employment tribunal ruled they were not treated fairly during a redundancy process.

According to The Bookseller, more than two thirds the company's staff were fired on 30th January 2017 and were not consulted properly before they were let go.

One former staff member told the Bookseller the dismissals were a total "shock" and happened without warning.

"I was asked how I might reduce headcount cost by 20 per cent and outline how my team might work. In the end, rather than lose one of my team, only one was retained. It was a shock. And it was not nicely handled at all.

"Given its ethos as a Christian company, it was particularly shocking how it was handled. It was a worrying few months."

After the Oxford-based publisher was sold in August, it reformed as a separate company Lion Hudson Limited and kept 15 employees.

As a result of 30 staff members taking the company to a tribunal in Reading, the workers were awarded 90-days pay due to the publisher's "non-compliance" with the law.

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