This article reports an unusual negotiation tactic for securing an enhanced redundancy payment. Will the action back fire and result in the employees concerned being dismissed for gross misconduct – bringing the company in to disrepute, causing 15 police officers to come and get them out of the office etc?

In the context of the clients I see who receive statutory redundancy pay only (1 week’s pay per year of service for people under the age of 42), it appears to me that the redundancy payments on offer were pretty generous in the first place.