‘Newry Council should offer gesture of goodwill to Newry On Ice employees’ – Hawthorne
UKIP Newry and Armagh Representative Wayne Hawthorne has called on Newry and Mourne District Council to offer a gesture of goodwill to the young people affected by the wages saga on the back of the Newry on Ice Winter Wonderland venture.
Local political representatives in Newry had pledged their support to over 30 employees battling to get paid several weeks of wages owed to them.
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.
Speaking to Newry Times, Hawthorne stated, “Throughout the festive period some 25-30 young people worked for a venture at the Albert Bason in Newry to provide a Winter Wonderland for the entire community and surrounding districts. Then when the staff arrived for a days work the venture was all shut.
“No notice or wages were forthcoming. While we believe the council are attempting to resolve the issue, the head of the company has failed to deliver any information on the missing wages or to communicate with anyone.
The UKIP representative continued, “In writing to the Head of Administration at the Council offices in Newry I proposed that the Council offer the gesture of some activity to those who have not received any wages from their work over the festive period, some working long hours in difficult and extreme weather conditions.
“I have suggested that the Council take these young people to one of the many attractions in Newry who can offer a fun filled day or evening. This was a simple proposal to the Council as a gesture to help boost moral after this despicable act.”
Hawthorne says he has the full support of Cllr Henry Reilly on the matter and he insisted that this gesture ‘has to come from Council without any liability or blame occuring and has called that this proposal be discussed immediately’.
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