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 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.