Safestyle UK: As much as 600 jobs in danger after staff instructed to ‘down instruments’

Safestyle UK: As much as 600 jobs in danger after staff instructed to ‘down instruments’

  • Written by Victoria Sher
  • BBC Information

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Safestyle’s headquarters are in Bradford

Lots of of staff have been despatched dwelling “with out warning” after a door and window firm introduced it could file an administrative declare, a union stated.

Employees at Yorkshire-based Safestyle UK stated they obtained a textual content message of “damaged instruments” on Friday afternoon.

The GMB union stated it believed round 600 staff may 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, stated as much as 600 straight employed employees could possibly be affected.

These included about 160 staff on the glass processing website in Wombwell, Barnsley, he stated.

“The affect this closure has had on the Barnsley neighborhood can’t be overstated. It’s merely devastating,” Mr Parkinson stated.

‘With out warning’

One Barnsley glazier, who didn’t want to be named, stated the information was “devastating”.

“Some folks have been at Safestyle for greater than 20 years,” he stated.

“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” in regards to the website’s closure earlier than Friday.

He added: “We nonetheless had thousands and thousands of kilos price of orders and we have 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 stated he possible wouldn’t recuperate financially from the loss if he was not paid.

He instructed the BBC: “For me, because of this my two younger kids may 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 dimension can be very tough to recuperate.”

In a textual content message despatched to workers, Safestyle CEO Rob Neil stated considerations about pay can be addressed at a gathering on Monday.

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The Safestyle website is in Valley Highway, Wombwell

‘Utterly destroyed’

Pauline Markham, who represents the Darfield ward on Barnsley Council, stated the information of potential job losses at Safestyle “got here out of the blue”.

“It’s totally disappointing,” Markham instructed the BBC. “There are such a lot of jobs that could possibly 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 stated 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 will to maintain jobs open for folks.”

A discover printed on the London Inventory Trade stated 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.

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