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posted 16 Aug 2011, 12:44 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 17 Aug 2011, 15:00 by Dave Smith ]

The National Workers' Union (NWU) moved to levy on a casino which refused to obey a court order not once,but twice. 
Slot Spot Limited, otherwise known as St. James Private Members Club, refused to pay damages to three NWU members whose cases had been won in the Industrial Court.

It was a sorry story for the employer.

They dismissed three workers for various reasons, but when it came to the Industrial Court, did not bother to turn up for two of the hearings which were heard in their absence. They lost all three matters with the workers being awarded damages of $20,000, $25,000 and $30,000.

Not content with ignoring the Court once, Slot Spot Limited decided to ignore the Court again by not paying the workers the damages that had been Ordered by the Court.

It took a Writ of Execution and a Bailiff to get the money for one of the workers.

The bailiff descended on the Company accompanied by police officers, a truck and enough workers to haul away slot machines to be auctioned. It was perhaps unsurprising that a cheque appeared very quickly for the amount the worker was owed, plus interest, plus legal fees incurred by the Union. In addition, the Company had to pay the bailiffs fees and costs.

Under threat of a repeat, a few days later the Company agreed to pay the damages that had been awarded to the other two workers who had not been paid – again plus interest and legal fees.

What remains outstanding are the contempt of court applications that the Union has made to the Industrial Court against the Company for its initial refusal to pay the workers.

You can run, Mr. Employer, but you cannot hide forever