” I have learnt this morning that all staff have now received their wages for July” – Chris
Chris Bailie of the Workers Party has spoken of his anger and outrage at news that staff at the Arena Gym at the north Belfast Cityside complex found out via social media that their jobs were gone and that there was no money to pay their wages.
‘It is completely unacceptable that staff should be treated in this way’ Chris said ‘and that they should also be left without wages despite the fact that I have been told the gym was accepting membership fees up to three days before the closure’
‘I understand that up to 14 people are directly effected; seven full time staff and seven part time staff or staff paying to use the gym for personal training and other courses’, Chris said
‘I have spoken with a number of employees and they are justifiably angry at the way in which this has been handled and with the owners lack of consultation and communication with them’ Chris added. ‘ I am also contacting union representative to see what can be done about the wages which have not been paid’, he said.
A crowdfunding page has been opened seeking donations to help assist those who have not been paid for their last month’s work. See https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Arena for details