'Alarm bells' ring after new employer fails to pay wages on time
WORKERS at Stonehouse-based LightSpeed Construction were left fuming after their new employer failed to pay salaries on time.
Staff at the accommodation manufacturer – formerly known as Unite Modular Solutions – had expected to get paid yesterday, Tuesday, July 31 but many missed mortgage repayments and other bills when wages were not honoured.
The pay date is the first under the company’s new management, which took over from UMS at the end of June.
A worker for the firm, who asked to remain anonymous, contacted the SNJ to say only about eight out of some 120 workers had been paid on time.
"There are a lot of staff on the shop floor who are very unhappy at having not been paid," the employee said.
"We did receive an apology but understandably this is not sitting well with people."
"There are a lot of pretty disgruntled people here and it certainly has set a few alarm bells ringing."
The SNJ understands some workers have now received payment and efforts are on-going to restore all outstanding wages.
A spokesman for LightSpeed Construction Ltd refused to comment on the situation.
Based at Stroudwater Business Park, the company manufacturers and installs fully-fitted accommodation units for student, residential and other public sector and leisure use.