Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Honeymooner Is Dumped on Dole

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Honeymooner Is Dumped on Dole

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Byline: By Sarah Knapton

Newly-wed Marianne Maloy is enjoying her honeymoon in Spain today - unaware she's been fired.

When admin assistant Marianne said "I do" to husband Paul at St James's Park on May 24, she had no idea her employer, The Accident Group, was in trouble.

On Friday we revealed how around 140 North East staff at the personal injury specialists received a text message informing them they were being made redundant.

Now Marianne's mum Pauline Lawther and stepdad Bill are desperately trying to contact her in Majorca, to break the bad news.

Pauline, 58, of West Road, Newcastle, said: "I couldn't believe it when I found out. She is out there having a wonderful time knowing nothing about what is happening back home.

"The wedding was wonderful and when they left to go away they were so happy.

"I don't know what hotel they are in so I can't get in touch with them. I really think she should know about this.

"She was probably expecting to be paid on Friday and nothing will be in her account.

"Her boss rang me to tell me what had happened and I have been close to tears wondering how I'm going to break the news. It is awful."

Marianne, 23, of Leam Lane, Gateshead, has worked at the company for the last two years.

Workers sacked from the firm's North East office at Pennine House, Washington, are now fighting to get their pay for last month.

They were sent text messages on their company mobiles and advised to telephone a line on which an accountant told them they had been made redundant in a pre-recorded message.

The firm's parent company, the Manchester-based Amulet Group, has shed 2,500 jobs after it was put in the hands of administrators.

Union bosses have slammed the handling of the sackings and former employees say they will fight to get their cash.

Sales staff earn a basic of pounds 14,000 but commission can double their salaries.

But Michael Horrocks, of chartered accountants Price Waterhouse Coopers, which is acting as administrators, told staff in his recorded message there was not enough cash to pay the wages this month.

Marcus Rourke, who worked for the firm for two years, said it was disgusting. …

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