Welcome news for package to help ‘Newry on Ice’ workers get wages

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Friday, January 10th, 2014
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Newry and Armagh MLA Dominic Bradley has welcomed news of a package that has been put together to help pay employees of ‘Newry On Ice’ who did not receive the wages he says were “rightfully owed to them”.

Newry Times understands that local business JC Campbell has pledged to contribute £100 towards the wages for every car they sell in January.

Despite working in freezing conditions over 30 employees have not received wages

Local political representatives in Newry had pledged their support to over 30 employees battling to get paid several weeks of wages owed to them.

Despite working in freezing conditions 35 employees have not received wages.

Newry Times revealed on Sunday evening that around 35 members of staff working at Newry On Ice – A Winter Wonderland have not been paid despite working in freezing conditions over the Christmas period.

Bradley, who campaigned on behalf of the employees, said, “Newry and Mourne District Council have helped put together a package to pay the young people involved in ‘Newry on Ice’ who were left without what was rightfully theirs when the company involved failed to fulfil their responsibilities to them.

“I and my colleagues have been liaising with officials from Newry and Mourne District Council, the young people and trade union representatives from NIPSA to help ensure that the wages owed would be paid.

“I welcome the fact the Council have now put together a package with the help of a private sector, which I believe is one business, and which will ensure the young people receive their wages at the beginning of February,” he revealed.

“I congratulate the young people and NIPSA trade union officials on the very effective campaign which they mounted to ensure they received the wages which were originally due to them.

Bradley added, “This whole debacle is a salutary lesson that proper checks need to be carried out on companies which engage with public bodies to ensure they are dependable and responsible, in order that we do not arrive at a situation like this again.

“I will be asking the Council to outline additional measures which they will employ in the future to make sure of that.”

More on this story:

Local political representatives pledge support to Newry On Ice employees

Winter Disaster: 35 employees unpaid as organisers ‘switch off their phones’


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