More than 160 former Cammell Laird workers have won £800,000 compensation from the shipbuilder, according to the GMB.
The former employees fought for the compensation after being laid off following the closure of the company's South Tyneside shipyard.
A total of 167 workers are each in line for payments of between £4,000 and £8,000 after proving at an employment tribunal in Newcastle that they were not given their 90 days' statutory notice.
Kevin Rowan, from the GMB, said the union would always fight for its members’ rights when they had been unfairly treated.
By Ben Willmott