Job fears as factory halts production

WORKERS at a Cramlington factory are still waiting to find out if their jobs can be saved after being sent home by bosses at the trouble-hit firm.

Fears are rising over the future of interior design manufacturer H-A Interiors after it halted production at its Station Road plant last week.

Its 80 staff say they have not been paid for two months.

The uncertainty they face has been sparked by a financial crisis engulfing the operation’s European parent company.

The firm, opened in the north east in 1947, makes and sells self-adhesive Readyroll borders and wall stickers and Fablon wall coverings.

Bosses at the General, Municipal, Boilermakers union are now meeting staff and officials at H-A Interiors to discuss the future of the company and pay issues.

It is understood that staff are still waiting to receive their pay for April and May after being sent home late last month.

Employees are having to ring the company every day to find out if they are needed.

Keir Howe, an organiser for the GMB, was due to meet beleaguered staff yesterday (Wednesday) to discuss the latest news.

She said: “The employees are still owed wages while the company isn’t in administration as we’re aware.

“They were sent home on April 26 with no work, and that’s still the same situation.

“The staff are still at home. They have to phone in every day to say they’re available for work.

“We’re quite optimistic the issue will be resolved but I can’t say for certain.

“The GMB are there to support our members and help them with any issues at this difficult and worrying time.”

No one from H-A Interiors was available for comment.