Montgomery Tomlinson redundant workers angry over pay

Almost 150 people are being made redundant at the Montgomery Tomlinson factory in Broughton

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Curtain warehouse staff are angry they will not receive their last month's pay after being made redundant.

Employees at Montgomery Tomlinson near Broughton, Flintshire, are now making claims for redundancy payments.

The 146 workers at the warehouse have lost their jobs along with 384 staff at 123 concessions, including major stores such as Debenhams.

"Basically they said there are no funds so you won't be getting paid," said former worker Paula Benson.

"We were supposed to get paid today so we were all expecting a full month's money.

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Lisa Lloyd and Paula Benson

I've never been in this situation so I don't know what to do”

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"We have all worked for the last month for nothing. I understand that we can claim it but it is going to take quite a while to come through.

'Difficult'

"We have all got mortgages, rents and bills to pay."

Employees have been told they will have their Christmas money returned.

Montgomery Tomlinson, based on an industrial estate near the Airbus factory, was established 50 years ago.

The family business became a popular producer of custom-made curtains and soft furnishings.

Administrator KPMG was appointed after attempts to find a buyer failed and told staff they were being made redundant on Tuesday.

Ex-employee Lisa Lloyd from nearby Saltney said she would be struggling financially with a family to provide for without her final month's pay.

"It is difficult but there is not a lot you can do," she said.

"I've never been in this situation so I don't know what to do."

On Tuesday joint administrator Will Wright said: "Given the cash position of the business, unfortunately there are insufficient funds to make payments for August salaries and we will be working as hard as possible to assist employees in their claims to the redundancy payments office."

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