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Jobs axed at airport parking firm Stress Free Parking

group pic, stress free parking workers
Image caption Workers at Stress Free Parking claim 22 Birmingham employees have lost their jobs.

Thirty-three staff at an airport parking firm have lost their jobs after the company ceased trading.

Employees of Stress Free Parking, which operates at 15 airports across the UK, claim they are each owed one month's wages.

Two-thirds of the workforce is based at Birmingham Airport. Staff held a protest there earlier.

A spokesman for the firm said it has ceased trading and arrangements had been made to return cars to customers.

'No consultation'

Gaz Sadiq, 35, operations manager for Stress Free Parking in Birmingham, which operates an airport valet parking service, said employees were "broken hearted".

Image caption Gaz Sadiq said: "Staff are heartbroken."

"There was no indication that the firm was in trouble.

"There was no consultation period at all... it has just broken everyone's hearts, they've got mortgage payments to make."

Father-of-two Adal Qasam, 39, from Solihull, worked for Stress Free Parking for for a year and a half.

He said: "My son was born on 6 December. I have been on paternity leave and I came back and this happened."

A spokesman for the firm said: "Stress Free Parking Limited has ceased trading and the directors are taking advice in relation to placing the company into administration.

"The company has made arrangements with another operator at Birmingham to return cars to customers.

"The number of people affected in Birmingham is 22, which is two-thirds of all staff."

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