FOUR trade union members have won their case against a Brighouse firm.
Andrew Blakely, Ray Holderness, Don Pryke and Barry Smith were made redundant when their employer UVG Ltd went into administration last July.
A hearing at Leeds Employment Tribunal was held last month and the tribunal announced its decision that the firm - now called UV Modular - discriminated against the four men by not re-employing them because they were officials of the GMB trade union.
The firm, which makes buses and ambulances, laid off 102 staff last July.
Mr Blakely, Mr Holderness and Mr Smith were all GMB shop stewards, while Mr Pryke was GMB convenor.
They applied for a protective award for the staff who were made redundant, because a 90-day consultation had not been carried out before the decision.
The award was granted in January this year, meaning staff received compensation.
They had also been active in recruiting for the GMB and were involved in several disputes with the firm before it went into administration.
Last August,UVG Ltd found new finance and re-launched itself as UV Modular Ltd.
Managers were appointed to choose which former employees would be invited to re-apply for job in the new workforce, 25% smaller than the previous one.
Letters were sent out to the chosen staff, but not to the GMB stewards.
They wrote to UV Modular Ltd asking to be considered for jobs.
None was re-employed and they launched tribunal proceedings, claiming they were being discriminated against because of their GMB posts.
UV Modular said the men were not re-recruited because there were less posts available.
But the tribunal found the four mens' skills were equal to those of other employees and their talents were varied, meaning they should have been allowed to re-apply.
The tribunal decision said: "The selection process for recruiting former staff was left entirely to the subjective views of various managers.
"It seems to the tribunal rather off that when 75% of the former workforce is being recruited, not even one of the active trade unionists was in that list. The tribunal finds a very strong inference that the applicants were not recruited when other former staff were because of their membership and activities as members of a trade union."
A hearing to determine compensation for the four men will be held at Leeds on October 8.