Two staff who worked at an education services company owned by ex-Manchester City footballer Jamie Pollock are struggling to get the pay they were owed after he terminated their employment in January with only a week’s notice.
The two staff worked full-time at Middlesbrough Alternative Provisions Ltd (MAP Ltd), in Middlesbrough, of which Jamie Pollock, who also played for Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers, is a director, along with his wife Linzie Pollock.
Instead of paying the two staff, who are members of the National Education Union, the one month’s notice to which they are legally entitled, in March Mr Pollock applied to Companies House to have MAP Ltd dissolved. The National Education Union took the case to an employment tribunal, and on 17 May the tribunal ruled that the company was in breach of contract over its failure to pay the staff notice pay, repay wages which had been unlawfully deducted and failure to give them itemised salary slips.
But, despite the employment tribunal ordering MAP Ltd to pay one member of staff £3,106 and the other £1,934, neither has received a penny.
Mary Bousted, joint general secretary at the National Education Union, said: “Mr Pollock’s application to Companies House to dissolve MAP Ltd is a blatant attempt to avoid paying his former staff what they are rightfully owed for their work for his company. Instead of complying with the law, Mr Pollock has used bully-boy tactics threatening to report the Union to the police. This is another own goal by Mr Pollock, who famously lost a game for Manchester City against Queens Park Rangers, because we will not back down until our members get what is rightfully theirs.”
The two staff said: “We are really sad that an opportunity to give young people access to an alternative education at Middlesbrough Alternative Provisions Ltd has failed. We were fully committed to making it work for the youngsters. MAP Ltd was an incredibly stressful and difficult place to work and we now feel totally betrayed. We just want to put the experience behind us, be paid what we are owed and get on with educating youngsters and our lives.”