Assurances From Reality TV Star Neville Wilshire On Paying Monies Owed Are “Cold Comfort” To 19 Staff He Sacked Five Weeks Ago
Mr Wilshire’s assurances, in his statement to media, is the equivalent of a finance office telling creditors that “the cheque is in the post” says GMB.
GMB, the union for 19 former RIS Insulation staff in Abertillery made redundant 30th October, responded to a statement by owner Neville Wilshire on monies owed to these staff who face Christmas with no income.
Last month GMB called on Mr Wilshire to meet his legal obligations and pay redundancy monies, holiday pay and pay in lieu of notice or monies owed from overtime work to staff sacked with immediate effect with no notice and no consultation. Neville Wilshire is the Welshman who shot to fame in a BBC Reality TV series the Call Centre. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release on the issue.
A statement issued by Mr Wilshire in response said: “In October, the directors of SBM Energy Services Limited, previously named RIS Insulation Ltd, made the difficult decision to stop operations at the Abertillery branch and mothball the site.
“The business had been losing money throughout 2014 as a direct result of a sustained downturn in the insulation industry.
“This shrinkage of the industry was caused by changes to the government grant system which had allowed homeowners to make free energy efficiency improvements to their properties.
“As a result, the insulation industry has seen thousands of jobs lost and dozens of companies forced out of business.
“The directors of the business worked hard to seek new contracts and retain jobs despite mounting losses, but by October had no viable option other than to close operations at the Abertillery depot.
“This led to the redundancies of 19 members of staff.
“This news was conveyed to the staff by the directors of the business who assured them that they would be paid for the month of October and would in due course receive any redundancy and any other payments due.
“The directors can confirm that the salaries due from October were paid on time and that they are currently working to collect invoices due to them in order that redundancy payments can be calculated and processed.
“We will keep in touch during this period to advise the individuals concerned of likely timescales.”
Jeff Beck, GMB Regional Officer, said “Mr Wilshire told the staff when he sacked them on October 30th with immediate effect with no notice and no consultation that he would be writing to them outlining monies owed. As of 5th December no letters have been received. To the workers facing Christmas without income this is cold comfort.
Mr Wilshire’s assurances, in his statement to media, is the equivalent of a finance office telling creditors that “the cheque is in the post.”
Meanwhile Mr Wilshire is reported to be organizing and paying for a Christmas party for call centre workers in Swansea. GMB consider that he should clear his debts to the workers who face Christmas with no income before he splashes the cash in this Christmas party.
GMB is also extremely disappointed that Torfaen Business Voice, which receives financial support from Torfaen Borough Council covering the area where the closed Abertillery factory is located, went ahead with last night’s invitation for Mr Wilshire to be the after dinner speaker after GMB pointed out the less than exemplary way he had treated these 19 local workers.”
Contact Jeff Beck 07980 753 112 or 01792 467803 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880
Notes to editors
Copy of GMB press release on Thursday 27th November 2014
GMB Calls Upon Neville Wilshire Owner Of Abertillery Firm He Shut On 30 October To Pay Monies Owed To 19 Staff Who Face Xmas With No Income
Mr Wilshire closed firm with immediate effect with no notice and no consultation and redundancy pay, holiday pay, pay in lieu of notice and overtime monies owed have not been paid so these workers says GMB
GMB is calling on Neville Wilshire, the Welshman who shot to fame in a BBC Reality TV series the Call Centre, to pay monies owed to 19 staff following him closing RIS Insulation Ltd in Abertillery on October 30th with immediate effect and with no notice and with no consultation.
Mr Wilshire took over RIC Insulation, a loft and cavity wall insulation specialist, in August 2013.
Jeff Beck, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB is well aware of the media profile of Neville Wilshire, who owns RIS Insulation Ltd, as he projects himself for the benefit of TV cameras.
Away from the TV cameras and reality TV we can see how Mr Wilshire treats his employees in real life.
Mr Wilshire turned up at the workplace and spoke to workers at RIS Insulation Ltd on Oct 30th. He told them the place was closing with immediate effect with no notice or no consultation. No redundancy pay, holiday pay or pay in lieu of notice or overtime monies owed have been paid. These workers have been left with no income in the weeks running up to Christmas.
GMB calls on Mr Wilshire to meet his legal obligations and pay redundancy monies, holiday pay and pay in lieu of notice or monies owed from overtime work that has not been paid. GMB is also filing legal claims on behalf of these members.
GMB also calls on the public make clear to Mr Wilshire that reality TV is one thing and real life is different and what he has done is not acceptable. He has to be told to pay his workers the monies he owes them.”