THE judge presiding over a Supreme Court trial seeking redundancy pay for hundreds of former Empire Rubber Bendigo workers has retired to consider his verdict.
The hearing before Justice Sloss was scheduled to run for five days in October in the Supreme Court of Victoria between Fitzgerald and Humphris, as trustees for the former employees of Huon Corporation (owner of Empire Rubber) versus CBL Insurance.
But the hearing was expanded and actually ran for 12 days because of the amount of witnesses and evidence, said National Union of Workers assistant secretary Gary Maas.
After the collapse of Empire Rubber in 2006, owned by Huon Corporation, employees were owed about $19.1 million in entitlements.
Since then $14.1m had been paid but members were still owed the remaining 30 per cent in entitlements, Mr Maas said - about $5 million for 300 former Bendigo and Frankston employees.
The hearing finished on 25 October and the judge would hand down his judgment once he had considered all the evidence, Mr Maas said.
“The more evidence there is, the longer it takes for a decision,” Mr Maas said.
The verdict date was unknown but it would "hopefully be before the end of the year"