A GREENKEEPER and course manager are taking their former bosses at a Chester golf club to an employment tribunal.
Apprentice greenkeeper Nick Ashford, 18, and course manager Alwyn Jones are in dispute with Mollington Grange Golf Club Ltd.
Mr Ashford of Darlington Crescent, Saughall, who left the course in May, claims he is owed more than £1,000.
He appeared at Liverpool employment tribunal on Friday where he sought to claim £772 for unpaid holidays, £40 after he claims his hourly rate was reduced, £150 for unpaid Sunday and bank holiday work and £85 which was allegedly taken from his wages toward repairs for a broken lawnmower.
However, the tribunal has had to be adjourned because Garry Chubb, the current owner of the golf course, had been cited as the employer.
Tribunal chairwoman Elaine Donnelly said it appeared Mollington Grange Golf Club Ltd was actually the employer, which was in administrative receivership at the time. The case was adjourned for further investigations.
In a separate action, Mr Ashford is also suing for damages after he claims he dislocated his shoulder on his first day at work after falling down a bank. Mr Ashford, who is currently unable to work, had an operation seven weeks ago.
He told The Chronicle: 'I was not given any equipment. I was supposed to wear safety boots and things like that.'
Former course manager Alwyn Jones, of Ellesmere Port, is also preparing to go to an employment tribunal. He says the matter is in the hands of his solicitor but is not prepared to say what he is claiming except to say it is 'more serious' than Mr Ashford's case.
He will be citing Mr Chubb's wife Susan Chubb as his employer saying she was the owner of the club at the time.
Mollington Grange has tangled with the employment tribunal service before.
Former director of golf, Ben Keegan, 28, was due to challenge the club at an employment tribunal in Liverpool in April 2003 but he agreed to a £2,500 out-of-tribunal settlement, which he claims has never been paid.
A bitter Mr Keegan, who worked in the club shop and was responsible for promoting the course and coaching junior golfers, decided to go public last August. He held Mr Chubb, who was working in a management role, responsible for the way he was treated.
'I want him to think twice before he does to someone else what he did to me,' he told The Chronicle.
A spokesman for the Mollington Grange said: 'We do not want to comment while the hearing is on-going.'
Garry Chubb was the original co-owner of Mollington Grange Golf Club Ltd, but on being declared bankrupt in relation to a separate venture the club's ownership passed to Susan Morgan (now Mr Chubb's wife Susan Chubb), his daughter Tracey Chubb and friend Amanda Burden. Mrs Chubb eventually became the sole owner but the company went into liquidation with debts of more than £1m.
Barclays Bank, which was owed £1.1m, received an undisclosed percentage of the proceeds as a secured creditor.
But the other creditors, including Premium Credit, the Inland Revenue and local suppliers, did not receive a penny.
Mr Chubb's bankruptcy order has now been discharged leaving him free to buy the course and assets for an undisclosed sum.
On taking over, he said in a statement: 'I have paid the market price. I believe in this club and its potential to become one of the best and most successful in the area.'