Redundancy Selection Concerns
I have a difficult redundancy situation after 20 years with my employer, and am unsure whether I should approach ACAS, as it doesn't feel like a fair process was followed, and would welcome any advice.
The company was hit hard by Covid-19, and as a result a number of staff across the company were informed during a consultation meeting that redundancies were necessary, and that a number of roles were at risk, including my own management role. In addition to this, a subset of colleagues, including myself and several others who all work together in a specific department were also separately told that our number would be reduced by one, using a skills matrix to assess us against each other.
At the conclusion of the process, I was informed that whilst I had not scored lowest my role was being made redundant, my options being to accept redundancy, or to instead take the "suitable alternative" role currently occupied by a junior member of the team, who had scored lowest against the criteria. This role has a significantly lower salary than I was on (and lowest in the remaining team), as well as meaning that I would be junior to colleagues I was previously senior to (N.B. I realise that this in itself would unlikely satisfy the criteria for "suitable alternative" role, and my boss has already asked why I didn't just turn it down if I felt that way).
I had concerns (voiced to the MD) about the selection criteria, which placed lowest weighting on total length of service and knowledge of the company and its products, and highest weighting on “future potential”, as determined by the MD. To my mind, the latter is highly subjective, and doesn’t satisfy the objectivity requirements of the Employment Rights Act.
question is, should I accept this as a somewhat uncaring and indifferent
practise when dealing with a loyal and long-serving member of staff, but satisfactory as far as the law requires, or should I be
looking at what legal recourse I have (possible tribunal)? As things
stand I’ve been so far unable to find alternative employment locally during my
contract notice period and am looking at having to take an initial 4
week trial at the junior role with view to longer term stay in order to support my family.
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