‘We’re owed a fortune’s pay’

Simon Mitchell and Masum Miah are owed six weeks wages by The Network Centre UK, who are refusing to pay.
Simon Mitchell and Masum Miah are owed six weeks wages by The Network Centre UK, who are refusing to pay.
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STAFF from a Blackpool telecommunications business say they are owed thousands of pounds in pay.

The Gazette has been contacted by former workers from The Network Centre UK who say they have been sacked and have not received any pay for more than a month’s work.

Worker Simon Mitchell said: “I had to beg them for some money and eventually got £250 – but I’m still owed £750.

“I’m recovering from cancer at the moment and this was my first job after getting through it – I start chemotherapy next week and this is the last thing I needed.”

Former colleague Masum Miah said he too had been left out of pocket. He added: “I worked there for just over six weeks from the day it started.

“They keep telling us they are going to pay us and then it doesn’t happen. They are not going to pay.”

The firm, based on Faraday Way, Bispham, was opened in March by former BT corporate mobile phone specialists James Roberts, 31, and Matthew Furness, 28 with the aim to save businesses money on mobile and broadband costs.

Mr Roberts refuted all of the staff claims.

He said: “There’s a legal wrangle going on with fraudulent accounts and signatures.

“I am withholding pay from three of them until it is sorted out.

“The others left of their own accord. We are investigating now. ”

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