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Cash awarded to restaurant staff who lost jobs due to fire

Eight workers who lost their jobs when a leading Glasgow Indian restaurant was destroyed in a fire have been awarded a total of over £37,000 damages and redundancy payments.

 Eight workers who lost their jobs when a leading Glasgow Indian restaurant was destroyed in a fire have been awarded a total of over £37,000 damages and redundancy payments.
 
The manager, assistant manager, chefs, waiters and other catering staff all worked at Café India in North Street in the Charing Cross area of Glasgow, until it was burnt to the ground on December 17 2006.

Following the fire the eight staff were advised by their trade union lawyer that as the premises had been destroyed by an "act of God" they had no case to pursue.

But they sought a second opinion and solicitor Alistair Cockburn secured awards at a Glasgow employment tribunal totalling over £37,000 in notice pay and redundancy payments against Charing Cross Food Ltd of 75 Stanley Street, Glasgow.

The eight members of staff had more than 100 years service between them at Café India. The 400-seater restaurant, opened in 1988, won the Best Curry in Britain award seven times in a row and was a favourite restaurant of politician and renowned curry connoisseur, the late Donald Dewar.

Following the fire, the site was redeveloped as a six-storey residential block with 47 flats and four penthouse properties.

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