WORKERS left facing redundancy after their company went into administration have spoken of their anguish.
Staff at Maccess in Washington staged a sit-in after they turned up for their shift to find agency workers ready to clear their car part and accessory warehouse.
They have been told they will not be paid for the last month’s work and must claim their redundancy from the Government.
The workers say they have been left distraught by the way they have been treated and at a loss as to why taxpayers will face the bill, rather than the parent company Tetrosyl.
Many of the 34 staff have gone into crisis talks with their banks as they face bills and have had to turn to friends and family to help them out.
And they have received support from garages in the area, which had been supplied by the firm.
It’s disgusting, absolutely disgusting, I’ve never known anything like it in my life.Denise Rush, former Maccess employee
Denise Rush, 51, from Glebe, worked in telesales and spent 33 years with the company.
“We just worry.
“I’ve never done anything else since leaving school, it’s just daunting.
“It’s disgusting, absolutely disgusting, I’ve never known anything like it in my life.”
The staff say they noticed changes in stock movement in recent weeks which raised their suspicions about their future, but were told nothing of their fate, despite repeatedly asking for reassurance.
Lynn Duffield, 50, from Woodstone Village and her partner worked for the firm, leaving both their futures in turmoil.
She said: “We’ve got two sons and I’m left asking them to pay the bills, it’s degrading.
“It’s absolutely shocking, to think what we have done for the company, all the hard work we’ve put in and I even came in the day after my mother died out of loyalty for the company which made me ill.
“It’s just awful.”
Colin Dixon, who runs Washington Motor Services in Sulgrave, is among those searching for a new supplier.
He said: “It’s short notice, and there are others, but this place was convenient.
“Where’s the loyalty? I’ve been coming here more than 30 years and no one told us.
“I think it’s disgusting the way they’ve been treated, they’ve become friends after all these years, and it’s terrible the way they’ve been given the elbow.”
The workers also said they were further upset to find out there are plans to purchase from the administrators 32 former Pacific Retail Limited branches to operate from them under the trading style of Motor World and that agency staff were being paid to clear their unit on the Hertburn Industrial Estate.
A statement from Maccess said it had called in administrators after a difficult time caused by the economic climate in the trade and despite investing time and money in the business it failed to bring the firm, along with Godfrey Autoparts and Pacific Retail Ltd, into profitability.