'Christmas is cancelled': 80 Hull staff lose their jobs as firm goes into administration

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 18 Dec 2017

Christmas has ‘been cancelled’ for the families of 80 shocked workers who were told they had lost their jobs after the sudden closure of a Hull engineering firm.

Bosses gathered staff at Irving Utility Services Ltd on Monday and told them the base in Amsterdam Road in Sutton Fields Industrial Estate was shutting.

To make matters worse, staff believe they will not be paid for the past month’s work and are each owed between £2,000 and £3,500.

The exact reasons for the shock closure still remain a mystery but administrators have been called in.

The wife of one worker has described her family’s devastation.

She said: “My husband and his colleagues were called in by bosses on Monday morning when they were told there simply wasn’t any money.

“They were told they had lost their jobs and that they may not even get paid.

“They were all doing lots of overtime to get contracts finished which we thought would be really useful with Christmas approaching.

“Now we realise they probably wanted the contracts completed before going out of business.”

Sign for Amsterdam Road at Sutton Fields Industrial Estate in east Hull

While the woman’s husband has already found another job he will not get his first pay packet until well after Christmas.

She said: “It has come as a huge shock to everyone. Nobody knows what they are going to do for Christmas now.

“We have three young children and bills are coming in. But Christmas has been cancelled.

“We are owed a few thousand pounds but we don’t think we will get that now.

“While my husband has already found other work, we will not get any money until after Christmas now.

“We understand the company is now in administration and it is unlikely any of the staff will get paid.”

Administrators O’Haras confirmed the company, which has its main base in Brighouse, west Yorkshire, had gone into administration at the end of October but refused to comment further.

In the Gazette – Official Public Record, it says the High Court of Justice Business and Property Courts appointed O’Haras on November 1.

Irving Utility Services is a 'sister company' to Traffic Management Technologies and earlier this year proudly announced a sponsorship deal with Bradford Bulls.

The company had been a part of the utilities industry working for blue chip companies, undertaking work in all forms of civil engineering of underground services, including telecoms, electric, gas and water works.

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