A syndicate of workers are taking on Scotland's largest hospitality employers in a "landmark legal case".

A group of eight staff, who had been working at Grosvenor Cafe on Ashton Lane, have launched a legal battle against the G1 Group over their "wrongful and unfair dismissal."

Glasgow-based G1 Group, run by millionaire Stefan King, operates bars, restaurants and clubs across the city.

Last September, protests were staged outside the Grosvenor cinema and cafe after ten workers were sacked.

The company had alleged they were guilty of gross misconduct by misusing staff discount codes. However, the protesters claimed they have been unfairly treated.

Thompsons Solicitors, who will be prosecuting the case, will argue that the Unite the Union members were refused representation from their trade union, denied contractual notice pay and unfairly dismissed when they were sacked "en masse" in September last year.

The case will be the first time that the G1 group have been taken to full tribunal for unfair dismissal.

Bryan Simpson from Unite Hospitality’s said: "Our members were sacked without a proper disciplinary process in complete breach of the ACAS Code of Practice.

"Instead of following a fair and transparent disciplinary process, the G1 Group invited our members to the companies HQ (Stefan Kings’ house) to be summarily dismissed without representation or notice pay.”

"G1 has a habit of settling out of court when they do wrong by their employees.

"From gagging orders to compromise agreements they will do anything to avoid being unveiled for the exploitative employers that they are.

"Our members have decided that they won’t be gagged and are willing to tell all about the way they have been treated at tribunal."

A spokeswoman from the G1 Group said: "This enquiry relates to ongoing tribunal proceedings, and as such it would not be appropriate for us to comment at this stage."