Wages payout demand from laid-off call centre workers

3D Eaton Avenue, Buckshaw Village

3D Eaton Avenue, Buckshaw Village

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ANGRY laid-off call centre workers claim they are owed thousands of pounds in wages by the firm that released them.

Around 25 employees are thought to have lost their jobs at 3d Group in Buckshaw Village in the last two weeks.

The affected staff – mostly young people in their twenties – say the company is refusing to pay out and they claim they have now been 
denied entry to the firm’s premises where security guards have been posted on the front door.

In a letter to staff, the company blamed a “recent downturn” in its business and said it believed the lay-offs would only be “temporary”.

The workers fear they will be unable to pay their mortgages, rents and loans, as a result of the unpaid cash.

Amelia Seed, 20, of Astley Village, who worked in the pension performance group, said she started at the firm a month ago and worked for a fortnight when she was laid off.

“I’ve not been given any money whatsoever,” she said. “They owe me about £700. There are people that are owed more than a grand.”

When she turned up at the company yesterday to speak to management about the situation she was not allowed into the building.

She said she was handed a telephone number for a “government fund” to seek recompense by a member of staff.

She and other staff received letters from the company explaining the position.

It states that during the lay-off their employment will continue but they will not receive their normal pay on ‘workless days.’

However, staff say they have not been paid for time they have worked.

No one from the company was available for comment yesterday.