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Prospect Mailing Service staff hit out at wage delays
6:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
Employees who say they have not been paid by a direct-mail company staged a protest outside the company’s headquarters to get their wages.
Samantha Milne, 23, and her sister Luci, 19, were due to be paid by Wyke-based Prospect Mailing Service on Monday, but were told the payments had been delayed.
They decided to stage a demonstration as they claimed that more than 100 employees had not been paid on time.
The company has blamed the delays on changes to its accounting system.
The women staged their protest for two and a half hours before they received their pay.
The action came only weeks after a Prospect employee staged a rooftop protest after not being paid for three weeks.
Adam Szpitter, 34, a mail sorter at Prospect, had blocked an entrance with his car when he was not paid in August.
That issue was eventually resolved but more employees have now come forward to complain that their salaries had not been paid into their accounts.
Miss Milne, who left Prospect three weeks ago, but was still owed a week’s wages, said of the latest issues: “They were supposed to pay us Monday.
“They keep saying they are going to pay us but don’t.
“We heard about the business being bought this week and now we are going to sit outside the premises until we get our wages in the bank.”
On Tuesday the Telegraph & Argus reported that investment group Cogent B2B, which owns Prospect, had bought St Ives Direct Bradford, in an £8 million deal, news which prompted other disgruntled employees to complain.
Another employee, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was left upset after reading about the company’s expansion plans when she could not pay her bills because she had not been paid. “We were told we would get paid Monday night, but obviously we didn’t,” she said. “We can’t pay our bills.
“It is upsetting, especially when you open the paper and read that the company is doing so well.
“But we are not getting paid. I am so fed up with it, it is just not fair.
“Lots of us aren’t going to work, thinking we might get paid if we do that, but then worry we could get sacked for not going in.”
Other callers told the T&A that they had also suffered wage payment delays.
Explaining the wage delays, Kevin Dunstall, Cogent B2B chief executive, told the T&A: “We are processing the salaries manually because we are changing the accounts systems.
“There are more than 180 employees and it takes time. We spoke to staff Monday and kept them up to date. Everybody will be paid.
“The accounts systems are changing because of the merger.
“People were due to be paid on Monday but we advised them we were processing on that day all of the accounts manually.”
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