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Ex-Info’Products staff are banding together thanks to a dedicated Web site as some of their number prepare for possible legal action against their former employer and its new owner, Compel. Started a week ago, the site’s chat page is being used to add the names of employees laid off earlier this month to a growing roll call of former Info’Products staff. Simon Michie started the site as a way of keeping in touch with people from his old workplace. But it is now being used to add weight to the lawsuit expected to hit the resellers by the end of the month. According to Michie, the site had 9,000 hits in the first day alone. Michie, ex-Info’Products partner programmes manager, has a target of 250 people to get registered on the Who’s Who Contact Directory, with details of where they are now. There are currently 88 names on the site, including Howard Dickel, ex-Info’Products business development director. Michie stressed the site was nothing to do with the lawsuit, he said it was simply a way of old colleagues maintaining contact with one another. Michie, who left Info’Products in May after 10 years with the Chelmsford-based reseller, said the response from both former and existing staff had been substantial. The interest in the lawsuit coincided with George Fodor, former Info’Products legal manager, yesterday taking a group of ex-employees to Mullis & Peake, solicitor for the case. The group of 20, including some of this month’s redundant staff and Info’Products employee representatives, saw the Romford-based employment specialists late on Monday afternoon. Fodor said he had yet to see Michie’s Web site, www.metaweb.net/infores/, but was extremely pleased that it was being used to inform people about the lawsuit. Fodor wants to recruit the majority of the 150 people laid off to take part in the joint case. He is currently co-ordinating the claim for around 60 ex-Info’Products staff. ®

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