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UNIONLINE Seek £30,000 Debts From TV Celeb

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

GMB Seek Winding Up Of South Wales Companies To Recover £30,000 Owed To Abertillery Members Sacked In October 2014

UNIONLINE instructed to pursue an aggressive debt recovery strategy to ensure that  members are paid debts they are owed by BBC 3 TV celebrity Neville Wilshire says GMB.

GMB has instructed lawyers UNIONLINE to pursue an aggressive strategy to recover monies owed to staff sacked at RIS Insulation Ltd in Abertillery owned by Neville Wilshire the Welshman who stars in BBC 3 TV series The Call Centre. See notes to editors for copies of previous GMB press releases on the issue.

Mr Wilshire took over RIC Insulation, a loft and cavity wall insulation specialist, in August 2013 and shut it on October 30th with immediate effect and with no consultation.

In November GMB publicly 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 that had not been paid.

Mr Wilshire in response said: “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.”

As of 20th January staff have received no letters or had any contact whatsoever.

In a separate development an insulation firm linked to Neville Wilshire faces prosecution by HSE over a pensioner’s death at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday 4 February.

HIS Energy Ltd, a subsidiary of Save Britain Money Ltd, will go on trial after a pensioner died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Joyce Moore, 83, died at her home in Middleton in October 2012. HSE alleges the company blocked the boiler flue while installing cavity wall insulation.

Save Britain Money Ltd is the focus of the BBC 3 show about a call centre in South Wales.

UNIONLINE is investigating which part of the Save Britain Money Ltd group of companies to target as part of an aggressive debt recovery strategy.

An Administrator was appointed 11 December 2014 for Save Britain Money Ltd.

Save Britain Money Ltd is the parent company for the following:

Fuelswitch.com Ltd – in liquidation, liquidator appointed 30 June 2014.

IMG Energy Watch Ltd.

NES Property Investments Ltd.

NES Property Developments Ltd

SBM Financial Solutions Ltd.

HIS Energy Ltd – in liquidation, liquidator appointed 28 June 2014.

Nationwide Energy Services Ltd – in liquidation, liquidator appointed 9 January 2015.

SBM Energy Services Ltd.

SBM Green Deal Ltd - Dormant Company.

SBM Leasing Ltd - Dormant Company.

SBM Renewables Ltd - Dormant Company.

SBM Switch Ltd.

We Claim U Gain Ltd – in liquidation, liquidator appointed 30 June 2014.

Neville Wilshire is also director of:

SBM Claim Ltd.

Wilbo UK Ltd.

SBM Surveys Ltd.

Maria Ludkin, GMB National Officer for Legal and Corporate Affairs, said “GMB has instructed UNIONLINE to pursue an aggressive debt recovery strategy to ensure that GMB members are paid the £30,000 plus they are owed by TV celebrity Neville Wilshire.

UNIONLINE will apply to wind up relevant corporate entities not in administration and will investigate what personal action we can take against directors who acted in bad faith. Our lawyers will also investigate whether these directors acted fraudulently.”

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Contact: Maria Ludkin 07956 632 657 for UNIONLINE or 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 releases

Copy of release 5th December 2014

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 Forum, 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”.

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Copy of GMB press release  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.”

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