Litster and Others v Forth Dry Dock and Engineering Co Ltd: SCS 1988

(Second Division of the Inner House of the Court of Session) Twelve applicants worked for an employer who went into insolvent receivership. The receivers agreed to sell the business assets. An hour before completion the workers were dismissed and handed letters stating that no payments would be made for holiday pay or damages for failure to give the statutory period of notice. None were taken on by the new owners of the undertaking. The Industrial Tribunal had held that the dismissal was unfair, that the applicants were employed immediately before the transfer and were dismissed by reason of the transfer. Their dismissal was therefore unfair under Regulation 8 of TUPE and the liability of their former employers was transferred to the transferee. Held; The employer’s appeal was allowed.


[1988] IRLR 289


Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981

Cited by:

CitedHughes v Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council HL 1991
A claimant’s claim for compensation on the compulsory acquisition of his land is but one claim for all those losses which flow from a compulsory acquisition of which the value of the land taken and any injury to retained land is but part of the . .
Appeal fromLitster and Others v Forth Dry Dock and Engineering Co Ltd HL 16-Mar-1989
The twelve applicants had been unfairly dismissed by the transferor immediately before the transfer, and for a reason connected with the transfer under section 8(1). The question was whether the liability for unfair dismissal compensation . .
CitedLassman and Others v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry CA 19-Apr-2000
The claimants worked for Rotaprint when it went into receivership in 1988, and then for the receiver before being transferred to Pan Graphics. Statutory redundany payments were made on the receivership of Rotaprint. The claimants sought further . .
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Employment, Scotland, European

Updated: 01 May 2022; Ref: scu.270271