|Catamaran Cruisers Ltd v Williams|
|Court||Employment Appeal Tribunal|
|Citation(s)|| IRLR 384|
Catamaran Cruisers Ltd v Williams  IRLR 384 is a UK labour law case, concerning redundancy.
Catamaran Cruises Ltd did ferries and pleasure cruises on the Thames. French owners bought it following a near insolvency. The TGWU representatives had agreed new contract terms, offered to all employees. Seven claimants refused the new terms and were dismissed.
The Tribunal held the reason for offering the new terms was financial exigency, business efficiency and profitability and that the dismissals were unfair.
Tudor Evans J held that a broader balancing test for what was ‘fair’ was appropriate under ERA 1996 s 98(4) and that this dismissal was fair. He quoted with approval Balcombe J in Chubb Fire Security Ltd v Harperand said the following.
|“||It may be perfectly reasonable for an employee to decline to work extra overtime, having regard to his family commitments. Yet, from the employment point of view, having regard to his business commitments, it may be perfectly reasonable to require an employee to work overtime.||”|
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