WORKERS AT Leicestershire sock manufacturer Pex have mounted protests after the company locked the workers out and their pay cheques bounced last week. Pex manager Andrea Dellavolta disappeared owing workers their wages and £18,000 in union contributions that he has deducted from wages.
The 60 workers, who are due to lose their jobs in mid-December, have been holding a protest outside the factory in an attempt to get what is owed them by the company. Inside the factory a quarter of a million pounds worth of yarn and knitting equipment stands idle. June Kyle, who has worked there for 20 years, says, 'Our aim is to stop his yarn and assets from getting out of the factory. It's as good as the money he owes us. We will stay here as long as it takes.' The workers are members of the KFAT union. Union district secretary Paul Keenan says, 'Pex have behaved disgracefully resorting to such underhand tactics.'
Messages of support: Pex Workers, c/o KFAT, 14 West Walk, Leicester LE1 7NA. Phone 0116 233 5100.