Carlton and Granada 'break redundancy promise' over ITV Digital

LONDON - Granada and Carlton Communications have been accused of breaking a promise to make up a shortfall on redundancy payments to 500 ex-ITV Digital employees.

When ITV Digital was put into administration at the end of March, administrator Deloitte & Touche wrote a standard letter to staff advising them that they might not get their full statutory or contractual notice and redundancy terms.

Granada and Carlton quickly stepped in, telling the ITV board that they would make up any difference between statutory and contractual pay-off terms, in an attempt to stop staff from defecting to rival broadcasters.

However, yesterday, when staff opened their pay slips they found that the payment did not make up the shortfall in their contractual or statutory pay-off terms to cover the 90-day consultation period, which is stipulated under EU law in their contracts.

A spokesman for Carlton and Granada said: "We have done exactly what we promised in the letter, and that means former employees have received their notice and enhanced redundancy terms."

He added: "Many will have received thousands or tens of thousands of pounds and a few up to £150,000. If they have a problem over the consultation period they need to contact the administrator."

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