Welder wins case against employer
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.