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Staff at festive store still waiting for wages

STAFF at a festive store in Solihull say they are still waiting for last month’s wages after the company went under with no warning.

STAFF at a festive store in Solihull say they are still waiting for last month’s wages after the company went under with no warning.

Giftastic opened in Mell Square last November under a temporary rental agreement, selling an array of festive gifts.

But when the shop closed in February, employee Tom Ingram said he and six other store staff never received their last cheque. The 21-year-old, who was paid £6.44 an hour, says he is owed £500 by the company which is due to go into liquidation.

“They told us, ‘your cheque is in the mail. You will, 100 per cent get your cheque on February 10’,” said Tom.

“But it never turned up. There’s about six of us still waiting.”

“It’s all very cowboyish,” added Tom’s dad Carl, from Hillfield.

“They are taking advantage of people when there’s a job shortage. It’s a festive shop with no festive spirit.”

Paul Round, Mell Square centre manager, said he had not been aware the company was in any difficulties.

“As far as we were concerned, they were a legitimate trader. It’s clearly of concern if staff have not been paid. That is very unfortunate. The way that any of our customers do business, in the broader sense, is something that is given significant interest to.”

Tom and other staff members have now received redundancy letters from Sharma & Co, who are handling the liquidation of Giftastic.

The letter asks for the hours he worked but gives no indication of whether he, or the shop’s other staff, would be paid or when.

A Sharma & Co spokeswoman would not say whether staff would be paid for their time but simply told us she had “sorted that out with the employees” she’d spoken to.

 

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