Union steps in after support workers remain unpaid for 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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