Thousands of former workers at Woolworths and Ethel Austin stores who did not receive any money when they lost their jobs after the firms went out of business are set to share more than £5 million in compensation following a "landmark" legal case.
The shopworkers' union Usdaw said about 4,400 people denied a payout because they worked in stores with fewer than 20 staff will benefit from an Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%
Around 3,200 former Woolworths' employees will now be entitled to up to eight weeks' pay and 1,200 previously working at Ethel Austin will receive up to 12 weeks' wages, said the union.
General secretary John Hannett said: "I am absolutely delighted with this decision. It has corrected the clear injustice of denying compensation to staff purely on the basis of the number of employees at each individual store.
"It did not make sense that staff in Woolworths and Ethel Austin's smaller shops were not part of the same collective redundancy situation as their colleagues in larger stores. So, you could have the ridiculous situation where 21 employees in one store were compensated for the lack of consultation whereas 19 staff in a store nearby received nothing.
"Tens of thousands of retail workers have been made redundant in the last four to five years and, while the administrators have taken their large fees, many workers were not only treated shabbily but denied the additional payment based on the 'failure to consult'.
"This decision will send a clear message to all employers and administrators that workers should be consulted regardless of whether they work in a small or large workplace."
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Not many companies have films made about them. But the story of social networking site Facebook attracted enough attention to interest Hollywood, resulting in the 2010 film The Social Network. The interest was not just due to the immense popularity of the Facebook website, which was created in its earliest form by Harvard University student Mark Zuckerburg in 2004, though. It was also a result of the legal wrangling between Zuckerburg and fellow Harvard students Divya Narendra and Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who founded the social networking site ConnectU and accused Zuckerberg - who worked for them before creating Facebook - of copying their ideas and coding. In something of a damp squib ending, however, the case was dismissed due to a technicality in March 2007 without a ruling being made.
Most of the companies on this list are household names. However, comparatively few people have heard of Olam International, despite it being one of the world's largest agricultural commodity companies.
In fact, it produces enough cotton to keep everyone in the world in socks (three pairs per person, per year).
Fans of chocolate bars such as Mars are also sure to have consumed chocolate made from beans handled by Olam - they just don't realise it.
Headquartered in Singapore, Olam was founded in 1989. It now purchases ingredients such as coffee and cocoa from around 3.5 million smallholder famers based in emerging markets around the world. This enables it to work with communities in rural Africa and Asia on everything from productivity to environmental impact, resulting in a potentially huge impact on some of the world's poorest people.
Love them or hate them, Starbucks coffee shops are everywhere nowadays. Hardly surprising when you consider that the company has opened an average of two stores a day since 1987 (despite having to close some locations down too).
However, back in 1971 there was just one Starbucks coffee shop, in Seattle, Washington.
Named after Starbuck, the first mate on the whaling ship in the novel Moby Dick, the shop originally sold roasted coffee, but did not brew coffee to sell.
Now, though, you can get everything from a blueberry muffin to a mocha frappuccino from your local Starbucks store.
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