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Saturday 30th
posted by Morning Star in Sport

A group of former Caterham staff have started employment tribunal proceedings against the Formula One team for wrongful dismissal and unpaid wages.

In July, following a takeover by a consortium comprising Swiss and Middle Eastern businessmen, Caterham axed a number of workers.

That prompted action by the group, stating they would seek compensation from the Leafield-based marque.

Caterham claimed they would take legal action of their own, citing “a gross misrepresentation of the facts.”

A month later, the workers have now decided to pursue the matter further.

A statement on behalf of the group read: “38 former staff have issued employment tribunal proceedings against Caterham in light of its failure to settle claims following their unlawful axing by new owners back in July.

“Due to the amount of money involved in the claims made, further High Court proceedings are also imminent against the Leafield F1 company.

“Furthermore, contrary to reports made by Caterham, the ex-employees have still not been paid their July salaries despite promises they would be paid for July 1-15.

“Nor have the employees or their solicitors received any substantive response to their letter to Caterham on July 25 2014 urging a response to the above matter and inviting settlement.

“The hope is Caterham will enter into a constructive discussion with the employees and their legal representatives so this matter can be resolved swiftly and amicably.”