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Unpaid workers arrive to find company moved

The W.E. Smith logo was painted over and gates to factory locked. January 25, 2017.
The W.E. Smith logo was painted over and gates to factory locked. January 25, 2017. Keagan Elder

AMID reports of delayed wage payments, workers gathered outside of troubled engineering company W.E Smith for a meeting with the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union.

But upon their arrival today they were stunned to be met with a sign outside of the Boambee East factory claiming it had moved to a new address.

There was a second sign notifying workers, "The company is on paid leave from 23/1 to 30/1.”

The date on that sign appeared to have been changed from an earlier date.

A sign was put up at the front of the W.E Smith factory at Boambee which stated it had now moved to a Grafton St address. January 25, 2017.
A sign was put up at the front of the W.E Smith factory at Boambee which stated it had now moved to a Grafton St address. January 25, 2017. Keagan Elder

A wife of a W.E Smith employee, whose name the Coffs Coast Advocate chose to withhold, said the last payment was made on January 11.

She said payments were usually made every week.

"It's put a lot of pressure on a lot of families,” she said.

W.E Smith has been contacted for comment.

Topics:  boambee we smith engineering


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