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Staff protest over unpaid wages at Christmas Staff protest over unpaid wages Protesters /outside home yesterday; 32 redundant at nursing home... but only a few paid.

Byline: TOM DAVIDSON Daily Post Correspondent tom.davidson@trinitymirror.com

MORE than a dozen former members of staff from a closed care home protested about unpaid wages yesterday.

Highcroft Care Home in Rhos on Sea closed last month, with all 32 staff made redundant.

However only a handful have been paid outstanding wages, with the rest facing an austere Christmas period.

In an effort to pressure owner Sharon Jack the penniless staff protested for an hour outside Aingarth Care Home, also owned by Ms Jack.

Former Highcroft manager Heather Evans said: "We want to make people aware the owner of this care home has not paid staff wages they are owed, having closed the home at the end of November.

"One member of staff left in September and has not been paid, one left in October and still hasn't been paid.

"It is not fair on the staff, especially leading up to Christmas. A lot of them have got young children and they're very worried about what is going to happen.

"How can you say to a child 'I'm sorry you can't have Christmas because mummy's not been paid'?" She added: "We had been promised to be paid on the 5th of December, that never happened.

"She (Ms Jack) then said she would pay us on the 12th and that has not happened either.

"Being paid on time has been a historical issue for at least two years at Highcroft."

Ms Jack has not responded to requests for comment from the Daily Post.

In a letter circulated to staff Ms Jack apologised to staff and promised to keep them updated on developments.

She wrote: "I am very sorry you are still waiting for your wages.

"I can assure you that you will receive all monies owed to you asap and if you incur any bank costs then I will pay these.

"Paying your wages are my main priority and therefore I will pay staff wages before any other debts.

"I should hopefully have received the money by December 12 and earlier hopefully." The protest lasted about an hour, during which several cars drove past and honked their support.

Chris Kendall said the protest was aimed at Ms Jack and not the residents or staff at Aingarth.

She said: "This is a peaceful protest, we're not here to disturb residents.

"We just want people, especially relatives or friends of residents here, to know what has been going on just round the corner."

The staff are considering an application to the small claims court, however that route will not see any monies owed paid before Christmas.

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