Staff at Felixstowe Orwell Hotel claim still owed money

Former kitchen supervisor Michael Pooley, who left the Hamilton Road hotel in August last year, said he was still owed £3,300 in wages – and his claim was now in the hands of mediation service the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).

He knew of several other people in the same position – and our story on the matter prompted several other people to leave messages saying they had still not been paid.

We reported that many people had commented on Facebook groups in Felixstowe that they had not been paid wages they were owed by the hotel, which is one of the oldest in Suffolk.

One former workers told us they had been left “devastated” by the ordeal.

But co-owner Zishan Zaman said all but one person had received the money owed to them by last Thursday, February 15.

Mr Pooley contacted us after the report to say: “I left last summer and I still haven’t received the money I’m owed and there doesn’t seem to be any sign of it.

“I’ve been in touch with ACAS and they’re trying to get it for me – and I’m not the only one.

“I’m in touch with three or four former colleagues who are in the same position as me and we are all going trough ACAS.”

A spokesman for ACAS said the organisation was not able to comment on individual cases like this unless all sides agreed to a statement.

When we called the Orwell Hotel we were told Mr Zaman was not available and no one else had the authority to comment on the issue.

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