TRADE UNIONS: Cameron House bosses face legal action after staff sacked

Workers say they’ve been unfairly dismissed at Cameron House fine dining restaurant

By Lucy Ashton

Management at Cameron House Hotel on Loch Lomondside are facing legal action after sacking staff for failing to get a Michelin star, according to a report in today’s Sunday Mail.

Employees of the Tamburrini and Wishart restaurant at Cameron House near hugely successful Duck Bay Marina are said to have been “stunned last month when they were told it was closing”.

Nine of the dozen workers have lodged employment tribunal claims against the hotel chiefs claiming their terminations were unfair.

Bosses have offered the staff the legal minimum redundancy pay, which workers insist is not enough and in some cases just a few weeks’ wages.

Trade union Unite said the hotel firm should be ashamed and is calling for management to improve terms.

Bryan Simpson, the union’s lead organiser for hospitality, said: “Their failure to carry out a genuine or meaningful consultation shows they had no intention of carrying out a fair process.

“Their failure to consider any alternatives to redundancy or to redeploy the majority of the team is testament to their complete unwillingness to avoid or mitigate redundancies.”

Three of the 12 staff have been offered and accepted jobs elsewhere on the resort while the others have been let go.

The Sunday Mail had revealed how the hotel management claimed they were shutting the luxury restaurant as it had failed to gain a Michelin star.

Cameron House said: “We concluded it was no longer viable for the restaurant to remain open.

“Prior to reaching a final decision, we consulted with all 12 team members and conducted a process of redundancy consultation in line with UK legislative requirements.

“We were able to offer seven of the team positions of the same level within Cameron House. Three accepted and four chose not to remain in our employment. All members who are eligible will receive redundancy payments in line with UK law.”

Top picture: Cameron House Hotel from the air. Picture by Bill Heaney

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