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Supreme Court tribunals ruling 'to affect rights of offshore workers'

The Supreme Court has ruled that employment tribunals have the jurisdiction to hear unfair dismissal claims for people who work overseas for UK companies.

The judgement could affect the rights of thousands of offshore workers.

Ismail Ravat, who was employed by Aberdeen-based energy firm Halliburton, but worked in Libya and lived in England, raised the case.

The ruling was delivered by Lord Hope at the UK Supreme Court.

Jake Molloy, of the RMT union, said: "It's good news for a change from the Supreme Court in that workers who have been deployed to other places around the globe that still have a relationship with their employer in the UK can now defend their employment rights here in the UK."

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