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Adam Szpitter claims 'one for the working man' as he is paid after three-week wait
Buy this photo » Adam Szpitter stages his rooftop protest at his pay being three weeks late
An employee staged a rooftop protest after not being paid for three weeks.
Adam Szpitter, 34, a mail sorter at the direct mail company Prospect Mailing Services Ltd in Wyke, also blocked an entrance with his car so the firm’s forklift trucks “couldn’t get their work in and out”.
Mr Szpitter’s partner, Nicola Slater, also 34, said they had five children between them and were struggling to make ends meet.
She said at the scene: “He was meant to be paid on the 31st of last month, so it’s three weeks late. In total, he now hasn’t been paid for eight weeks’ work.
“For three weeks, it’s been promises, promises and today this is his last resort. So he’s gone onto the roof and he’s not moving until he gets paid.
“As you can imagine with not getting paid, there are direct debits going out and we’ve not got a stitch of food in the cupboard.”
A spokesman for the firm, based in Crown Point Mills, Mayfield Place, said there had been an admin error.
She said Mr Szpitter was the only employee affected and that the money would be in his account by the end of the working day.
She said: “It’s just been an oversight. He’s clearly going to be paid now.
“It’s just an admin error. To be honest, with Adam, he’s been in a couple of times prompting us, and he’s just lost his temper. That’s all.
“It’s just something that’s got blown out of proportion, really.”
Later in the day, Mr Szpitter received his money and called off the protest. He called it “one for the working man” but said he suspected he could be sacked because of his actions.
Mr Szpitter, from Birkenshaw, said he had been told that managing director Kevin Dunstall had paid his wages from his own personal account.