Welder wins case against em­ployer

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports - BY ADAM HILL

A DUNDEE welder has won nearly £3,000 af­ter tak­ing his em­ployer to court for be­ing short changed on wages.

Kryzysztof Blaszczak was em­ployed as a welder for Ar­c­man Ltd, based in Glas­gow, for seven weeks.

How­ever, Mr Blaszczak be­came em­broiled in a dis­pute with the firm due to al­leged un­law­ful de­duc­tions from wages – namely un­der­pay­ing him and also not pay­ing for over­time work car­ried out.

Mr Blaszczak, of Fin­try Road, launched le­gal ac­tion against the firm, tak­ing it to an em­ploy­ment tri­bunal in Dundee.

The welder al­leged that Ar­c­man had un­law­fully de­ducted £2,864 from money that was owed to him dur­ing his em­ploy­ment.

The case called in Dundee and a judg­ment de­tail­ing the court’s rul­ing has been pub­lished – find­ing in favour of Mr Blaszczak. Em­ploy­ment judge Nick Hosie said he found Mr Blaszczak to be a “cred­i­ble and re­li­able” wit­ness – say­ing he gave ev­i­dence in a “clear, mea­sured and en­tirely con­stituent man­ner”.

He or­dered the firm to pay the en­tire sum to the worker and also money ac­crued from hol­i­day pay he had not re­ceived.

The court heard Mr Blaszczak had started with the com­pany in July 2017, how­ever he left the role just seven weeks later. Dur­ing his time at the firm, Mr Blaszczak worked a to­tal of 237 hours, for which he should have been paid £2,607 — how­ever, he was only paid £1,694.

The court then heard the welder had worked 94 hours over­time, which should have been cal­cu­lated at time-and-a-half, en­ti­tling him to another £1,551 – which he never re­ceived.

He also worked 10 hours on a Sun­day – which should have been paid at dou­ble time – but he was again not paid £220.

A spokesman for Ar­c­man Ltd said the court de­ci­sion was “fun­da­men­tally wrong” and the com­pany was set to ap­peal the de­ci­sion.

He said: “There was no un­law­ful de­duc­tions from his wages.”

The spokesman added the firm had not been aware of the court date.

CHIL­DREN in An­gus were given a trip back in time at Monifieth Li­brary. Young­sters, in­clud­ing cousins Tilly Craig, 8, and Iona Hughes, 7, from the town’s Seav­iew Pri­mary, got a chance to find out about the aw­ful jobs chil­dren were once forced to...

Ar­c­man Ltd

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