Messy Situation (Redundancy)

Hello all.

Our company announced closure of our site back around April. We were given in writing that we would all be made redundant on the 31st of August 2021.  Since then, it soon came to light that we would never be able to complete moving of the stock by that date.  So we were asked (verbally) if we wanted to continue working past August the 31st until this is complete.  About 11 members of staff have stayed, where as nine other staff decided to take the redundancy and leave on the original date.

For those of us that have stayed, we have not been given any updates of a new date, nor have we had any meetings or letters, no paperwork signed.  I am wondering if we were now to be made redundant on the spot, would we have to be given the 12 weeks notice? (all of us who have remained have been with the company over 12 years).  A colleague of mine has attempted to put these questions to the directors/HR, however no response has been given.

To make matters worse, the site is now temporary closed due to the arrival of bailiffs. Apparently the new lease was never agreed after the August 31st date.  So as you can imagine, a lot of staff feel very stressed at the moment, wondering our rights.  All we currently know is the directors are in talks with solicitors with regards to the lease.  Not sure how long that can take, nor am I sure if we are getting paid for this time we aren't allowed in.

Thank you so much for your time.


  • tacpot12
    tacpot12 Posts: 7,852
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    You have already been given your 12 weeks notice, so the company can tell you immediately that you are redundant. The company needs to pay you for the work you have done and for the time that you remain employed, plus any further holiday pay you accrue by staying longer. They need to do something to end your employment, until they do this or until you terminate your contract of employment, you remain an employee and are bound by your contract, which might prevent you working for other employers. 

    It sounds like your employer is still a going concern, they perhaps have other sites? If so, they are likely to pay you, but it sounds like they are happy to keep paying you while they sort out the lease issue. Why they didn't employ temporary staff or a specialist mover to ensure that the site was vacated by 31st August I don't know. 
    The comments I post are my personal opinion. While I try to check everything is correct before posting, I can and do make mistakes, so always try to check official information sources before relying on my posts.
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