Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 294 (Nov)
Court: Employment Appeal Tribunal

Judge Serota QC, Ms S Corby and Miss S Wilson

Representation Timothy Pullen (instructed by the Legal Department of UNISON) for the employees.
  Jacques Algazy (instructed by Bindman & Partners) for the local authority.
Judgment Dates: 20 November 2002


Employment - Contract of employment - Terms of employment - Changes in terms - Payment of wages - Deduction from wages - Construction of term of contract - Application of contra proferentem rule - s 13.

The Case

The local authority's appeal against the employment tribunal's decision that there had been an unlawful deduction from the employees' wages pursuant to s13 of the was dismissed as the tribunal had been justified in applying the contra proferentem rule in construing a clause in a new contract of employment in favour of the employees.

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