‘No presents for families this year’ following Keighley company Fuzzwire's collapse (From Keighley News)
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‘No presents for families this year’ following Keighley company Fuzzwire's collapse
6:10am Wednesday 25th December 2013 in News
Workers at failed Fuzzwire are facing a bleak Christmas without money following the company’s collapse.
Single dad Andrew Parker says redundant staff have been left without wages, information or even P45s.
“That’s no way to treat people, especially at Christmas,” said Mr Parker, 50, from Keighley.
“Fuzzwire has been cruel, unfair and lacking in compassion.
“I have nothing in my pocket, but we will still try to enjoy Christmas. There just won’t be presents under the tree.”
Mr Parker said he had been “in limbo” since December 6, after workers were told the previous day jobs would have to go.
“They promised to keep us informed but that never happened,” he said. “I have had no wages, no P45, no contact.
“I have no money. What do you do? Go to a food bank? You are like a ghost.”
Mr Parker joined the firm in March 2011 making Christmas decorations for big stores, having previously worked for the Post Office and on a farm.
“I thought it would be a long-term job,” he said. “I have known this has been coming since the start of the year. They tried to do too much, too quickly. After the Prudoe factory was closed, Keighley couldn’t fulfil the obligations.”
Mr Parker has brought up his son, Lewis, from an early age. Before joining Fuzzwire, he had given up work to care for Lewis, who was ill. “I then cared for my mother, who died in my arms,” he said.
Putting a brave face on his situation, he added: “I have spent all year making Christmas for other people and now mine is being taken away.
“I have nothing in my pocket, but we will still enjoy Christmas. And we can celebrate properly next year when I get another job.”
Mr Parker hopes the administrators will be able to help sort out issues such as P45s, and that there might be jobs with MK Illuminations, who have taken on Fuzzwire’s shopping mall contracts.
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