Safestyle UK: As much as 600 jobs in danger after staff instructed to ‘down instruments’
- Written by Victoria Sher
- BBC Information
Tons of of staff have been despatched house “with out warning” after a door and window firm introduced it could file an administrative declare, a union mentioned.
Workers at Yorkshire-based Safestyle UK mentioned they acquired a textual content message of “damaged instruments” on Friday afternoon.
The GMB union mentioned it believed round 600 staff might lose their jobs together with subcontractors and gross sales representatives.
In a textual content message seen by the BBC, the corporate, which is headquartered in Bradford, instructed workers it was not capable of proceed buying and selling after talks to promote the corporate failed.
Lee Parkinson, regional organizer for the GMB union, mentioned as much as 600 immediately employed employees may very well be affected.
These included about 160 staff on the glass processing web site in Wombwell, Barnsley, he mentioned.
“The influence this closure has had on the Barnsley neighborhood can’t be overstated. It’s merely devastating,” Mr Parkinson mentioned.
‘With out warning’
One Barnsley glazier, who didn’t want to be named, mentioned the information was “devastating”.
“Some folks have been at Safestyle for greater than 20 years,” he mentioned.
“I do not know what I’ll do now that Christmas is developing and I’ve a vacation booked in two weeks too.”
He added that there was “no warning” concerning the web site’s closure earlier than Friday.
He added: “We nonetheless had tens of millions of kilos value of orders and we had been actually manufacturing merchandise till the top.
“There are nonetheless orders on the manufacturing unit able to be put in.”
In the meantime, a Scottish contractor, who didn’t want to be named, claimed the corporate owed him £20,000 for work carried out over the previous 4 weeks.
He mentioned he doubtless wouldn’t get well financially from the loss if he was not paid.
He instructed the BBC: “For me, which means my two younger youngsters can have a really depressing first Christmas, and if my firm continues to be buying and selling by then, it is going to be a miracle.”
“I am a small enterprise proprietor, and a lack of that measurement could be very troublesome to get well.”
In a textual content message despatched to workers, Safestyle CEO Rob Neil mentioned considerations about pay could be addressed at a gathering on Monday.
Pauline Markham, who represents the Darfield ward on Barnsley Council, mentioned the information of potential job losses at Safestyle “got here out of the blue”.
“It’s extremely disappointing,” Markham instructed the BBC. “There are such a lot of jobs that may very well be misplaced, and they’re telling staff by way of textual content that that is incorrect.”
“It is dangerous to lose your jobs at any time of the 12 months, however with Christmas developing, it is completely devastating.”
The previous Labor mayor of Barnsley mentioned she anticipated the council to work intently with the union, the employer and all these affected.
Ms Markham added: “We’re all determined to do something we are able to to maintain jobs open for folks.”
A discover printed on the London Inventory Alternate mentioned any proposed sale of Safestyle UK was changing into “more and more unlikely”.
It added: “As a result of ongoing monetary uncertainty relating to the Group, its restricted working capital and the above circumstances, the Firm has requested the suspension of buying and selling of its shares on AIM with impact from 07:30 GMT on 27 October.”
Safestyle has been contacted for remark.