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HES staff in pay plea

Former staff of Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) claimed they were left unpaid and forced to rely on food banks after the company collapsed following the clinical waste stockpiling scandal.

In an open letter headed ’An appeal to Garry and Alison Pettigrew from your former employees’, staff urged the company’s two owners to “take the morally right and legal action and pay us for the work we did on behalf of your business”.

It went on: “Many of us have had to visit food banks over the festive period and for many Christmas was cancelled.”

Staff wished the Pettigrews success in their campaigns against the UK and Scottish Governments’ decisions to terminate its contracts, but said: “There are 350 people throughout the UK with families and responsibilities who have not been paid since 28th November.”

The letter said staff had received letters from the Insolvency Service stating they were not entitled to receive redundancy because HES is still active.

“Unfortunately, this means that hundreds of employment tribunals will need to be held, at a huge cost to the taxpayer and yourselves,” it warned.

The company closed in December after losing all its remaining NHS contracts following disputes about medical waste, including body parts, being disposed of improperly.


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