Second Manor Residents’ Association worker wins payout

Carl Williams.
Carl Williams.
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A CONTROVERSIAL charity has been ordered to pay almost £4,000 to a second worker who wasn’t paid the national minimum wage.

Carl Williams, 25, worked 37 hours a week at Manor Residents’ Association and was paid £698 a month - which works out at just £4.71 an hour.

He increased his hours to 45 hours and received a pay packet of £796, meaning he was paid just £4.42 an hour - effectively picking up less for working more hours.

The youth support worker, who started work at Manor Residents’ Association in January last year, also claimed in an employment tribunal yesterday that he paid tax and National Insurance deductions every month but when he contacted HMRC they had no record of him working at the charity.

Despite the fact he has also worked at the charity for 16 months, he has never received a contract of employment.

Employment judge Jennifer Wade ordered the charity to pay Mr Williams a total of £3,738.49.

Mr Williams, who lives in Moffat Road, in the town, said he was “over the moon” with the outcome of the tribunal but insisted it was never about the money.

After the hearing he told the Mail: “I just wanted people to know what was going on.

“The tribunal has been hanging over me for weeks, I haven’t been sleeping so it’s just such a relief to have it over with.”

Yesterday’s hearing comes just five days after Manor Residents’ Association was ordered to pay more than £9,000 to former cleaner Lynda Gooding, who was also paid less than the national minimum wage.

The charity’s manager Angie Wilcox, who is a Labour councillor and represents the Manor House ward, was suspended by the party earlier this week while an investigation is carried out.

Coun Wilcox didn’t attend the tribunal yesterday, but was represented by legal services consultant Phil Warnes.

Mr Williams explained to the tribunal how he started paid work at the Wynyard Road-based charity in January last year, working 37 hours a week.

Only a month later he says he was told the hours were changing, and he would be required to work 45 hours a week.

“I wasn’t given a contract so I didn’t know exactly how much I was getting paid an hour, to be honest I was just excited to have a job,” he said.

Mr Williams still works at the charity, but has been on sick leave since April this year.

With questions to ask about his tax deductions and National Insurance deductions, he was advised to contact HMRC.

But he told the tribunal: “When I contacted the HMRC last week they told they had no record of me at all on their system.”

Speaking to the Mail after the tribunal, Coun Wilcox said the charity paid the deductions at the end of the tax year and said if Mr Williams was to call HMRC now his record would show up on the system.

She said he was given a contract for 20 hours a week and therefore wasn’t paid under the minimum wage, but said the charity wasn’t able to reject Mr Williams’ claims because they didn’t have evidence.

She said: “We all have contracts, some have 20 hours, some have 30, some have 37.

“The nature of the public and voluntary sector is some times people have to work overtime, we all do that, I’m no different.”

Judge Wade ordered the charity to pay Mr Williams £2063.61 for paying under the national minimum wage, £1004.92 and £412.86 for the tax and National Insurance deductions that HMRC had no record of and £557.10 for the lack of written contract.

That total was reduced by £300 which was money owed to the charity by Mr Williams.