Have you examined the fine print? Usually such benefits involve an increase in the value of the company, has the value increased? How is any increase in value determined in the case of this company? Is this defined in the contract or elsewhere? How is the company performing in light of the current lockdown? Have you asked your employer regarding the issuing of unit certificates? Asking a solicitor dealing in industrial matter may be an avenue, get a quote for his advice first.
Thanks Roger. There is no fine print here. The scheme was never fully elaborated or defined and the contracts have a single line statement that mentions a per year grant of unit certificates. The line does reference a scheme or another contract. It's a one line statement with a value attached to it in the remuneration section of the contracts. Yes, the employer has been asked but the response for the last 7 years has been that the scheme is still being defined.
You have two options, 1) See a solicitor for advice. 2)You could make an estimate on the value of certificates you should have received for each year since you have been working for the company. See a solicitor and give them an instruction to write a letter of demand for those certificates or the cash equivalent. However be aware that this may get your employers back up and the employer may make life difficult for you with the aim of causing you to do something which he can claim, give him grounds to fire you. All depends whats important to you. At times like this some jobs may be difficult to find. Good luck what ever you decide.