Workers from the Stewart Milne Group were given 'no notice' of the housebuilder going into administration a union has said.

It was revealed yesterday that the firm, which has sites across Scotland, including Glasgow and Hamilton, was placed into administration.

Administrators, Teneo, stated that 217 trade roles will be lost as a result. 

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It has now been revealed that Unite the Union is actively exploring a protective award against The Stewart Milne group.  

A protective award can be awarded where 20 or more employees are made redundant because an employer did not consult before any redundancy announcement.

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Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary, said: “The announcement that the Stewart Milne group has been placed in administration is grim news. However, what is totally unacceptable is the workforce were given no prior warning nor has there been any consultation with Unite.  

“Unite is now actively exploring all legal avenues in support of our members and it is fully determined to get them justice.”  

 John Clark, Unite industrial officer, added: “The actions of The Stewart Milne group regarding the lack of consultation with the workers is potentially illegal, and it is certainly no way to treat a loyal workforce. We are in the process of contacting all our members to progress protective award claims being lodged against the company.  

“It’s vital that the Scottish Government and the local authorities in which the company has a presence work with Unite to explore how we can find suitable alternative employment for the workers including on public contracts as a priority.”