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Call for action as Auto Windscreens goes down

Call for action as Auto Windscreens goes down

The devastating news that Chesterfield based Auto Windscreens had been liquidated was announced at Noon today when employees met with bosses and representatives of administrators, Deloittes. Auto Windscreens called in Deloitte’s after a winding up order was given by HMRC around two weeks ago. Toby Perkins, Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield, said that the news was a devastating blow to Chesterfield and to the staff who had lost their jobs.

Hope remains that the name of Auto Windscreens will continue to feature in the town as a new firm, Trifords has bought some parts of the business from the administrators. Trading as Auto Windscreens the new firm will employ around 250 people, including about 100 in Chesterfield in call centre and head office functions.

Toby has been heavily involved in the campaign to save Auto Windscreens. Over the last two weeks he has raised the issue three times in the House of Commons, has spoken to dozens of concerned employees and has liaised with the administrators on a daily basis.

Mr. Perkins has demanded that more must be done to ensure that the new company can return to past glories, and that those laid off are provided with the best possible support to recoup lost earnings and get into new employment.

Mr. Perkins said:-

“This news comes as a massive blow to the loyal employees and to Chesterfield. The Government’s response to this situation has been disappointing to say the least, and I will be demanding that all those hard working employees are given the best possible re-training and employment opportunities. Staff have worked for two weeks without pay, and then had two weeks of waiting for news that never came. Many of them now have mortgages to pay and no salary to pay it with, it’s awful.

The response of the government agencies has not been adequate yet, and I will be contacting the Department of Work and Pensions to learn about their plans to support the workers into new employment.

Obviously I wish the new company every success, and hope that Auto Windscreens is turned around and grows into a company we can all be proud of again.”

4 Responses to “Call for action as Auto Windscreens goes down”

  1. Fiona Newbold says:

    Toby, I would just to convey my thanks to you for trying your best to help AW. It gave us some hope to have you behind us all the way.

    Unfortunately, for most of us, it wasn’t to be, but I’m sure we’ll move onto bigger and better things. We are a fabulous bunch of workers and any company will be lucky to have us.

    Thanks again
    Fiona.

  2. Toby Perkins says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to contact me at such a difficult time Fiona, the passion of everyone at Auto Windscreens shows what a tragedy it is that so many lost their jobs.

    I wish the new company well, and hope it will in time grow to be as significant an employer in the future as it was in the past, and I wish you and everyone else there the best of luck in trying to find new employment, let me know if there is anything I can do.

  3. Lisa says:

    Toby

    When the news of AW going into administration was announced a local council member said there was a package being set up for staff. Is there any news as to what this is? I am guessing it is maybe retraining as opposed to any financial aid.

  4. Toby Perkins says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I think that the Council are supporting AW workers in so much as they have backdated Council Tax and Housing benefit payments to the start of February, in other words the last time that AW workers were paid as opposed to last time they worked.
    I have also pressed them to spend some of the Working Neighbourhoods fund money that they still haven’t spent on assisitng Aw workers to find alternative work and re-training activities, I am not aware of any financial payments going on from that source and would think it is unlikely.
    I will try and keep you updated.

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