Union steps in after support workers remain unpaid for THREE months

childrens-centreThe GMB has stepped in to demand support workers at Lime Trees Children’s Centre in Birmingham are paid for the first time in three months.

At least eleven workers last received a full pay packet in November, going through Christmas without any money, carrying on their vital work out of a sense of dedication.

The centre is run by the charity Freshwinds, which received more than £1million in donations and grants in the financial year 2014/15, including £850,000 from cash-strapped Birmingham City Council.

Freshwinds claims it is not in danger of going bankrupt, despite spending £1.3million last year and only receiving £1.2million, but it has failed to file company accounts before the deadline of December 31.

GMB demands the company – whose chief executive earns more than £50,000 – pay their hard-working carers.

GMB organiser Gillian Ogilive said: “It is bad enough these hard-working and dedicated members of staff were not paid over Christmas – for it to carry on into the New Year is an absolute scandal. They have no money for travelling to work, for child care – even to feed their own families.

“The fact they are still looking after vulnerable families without being paid is testament to their dedication – but they can’t carry on working for nothing. Freshwinds need to sort his out before it is too late.”

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