Concern about unpaid wages

Rumble Tumble, Wigan
Rumble Tumble, Wigan

FORMER staff of a Wigan children’s play centre are searching for answers about unpaid wages and redundancy money.

Company bosses of Rumble Tumble Wigan informed workers that the business would not re-open after it closed over Christmas.

But a number of staff have not heard anything since, despite attempts to enquire about how much they are owed.

And concern is growing about the difficulty of claiming back from a company that is officially still trading but has no directors.

When contacted by the Evening Post earlier this year, Rumble Tumble bosses distanced themselves from the Wigan business and stated it is completely separate from other Rumble Tumble limited firms based in Blackburn and Stoke.

According to official documents obtained by the Evening Post this week, the director of limited company Rumble Tumble Wigan, Terence O’Brien, filed papers on December 31 to terminate his role.

Similarly, Jennifer O’Brien terminated her role as secretary of the company.

According to balance sheets, also submitted in December which cover up until March 2013, the company was running a deficit of more than £80,000.

The company is still listed as active by the Government’s business directory service, Companies House, however.

The Evening Post understands that a handful of staff in Wigan are owed unpaid wages of varying amounts. And enquiries about possible redundancy pay and requests for p45s have not been acknowledged.

When contacted this week, staff at another Rumble Tumble company said any enquiries about the Wigan company must be made in writing.

The unexpected closure of the play centre had left some residents out of pocket having already put a deposit down for parties in 2014.

Carl Wright, from Skelmersdale, who had booked a party for his five-year-old grand-daughter, said: “You would have thought they would have the decency to contact those who had parties already booked.

“We left them with a contact number. I feel it is unfair because I feel like we have been ripped off.”

The play centre’s building, on Great George Street, has been taken over in recent weeks by Elite Fitness.