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Hello Ben, thanks for your help. I worked for the DWP as an Administrative Officer on a Two Year Fixed term contract, so I was there for exactly two years. Because of the 3 one-day strike days I am told I only have 1 year and 362 days of reckonable service and so am 3 days short of redundancy entitlement. My former Union, PCS, proudly announced in April that they had won an Employment tribunal and that everyone with 2 or more years of service would be entitled to redundancy, and that DWP would not contest the claoms. However, because I went on three one-day strikes, carrying a placard that said "protecting jobs and services", I still lost my job and also my entitlement to redundancy equivalent to two months' pay. I have it in writing from both DWP and from a PCS senior official that the reason I am not entitled to redundancy is because I went on strike, and that if I had accumulated a full 2 years of service then I would be entitled.
Thank you Ben. Can I clarify one thing please? One additional piece of information - like hundreds of others I was on a two year fixed term contract, so does this mean that my redundancy was reasonably foreseeable?
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