Dozens of workers have been left without wages for a month after a Birmingham-based solar energy firm collapsed.
But almost 80 employees of Norton Energy Solutions said they were trapped in a financial no-man’s land because they still had jobs and so could not claim benefits.
Their problems began when the company was sold out of administration, with all 105 staff transferring to buyer Zeus Business Services.
Around 25 workers were made redundant but the remaining workers have not been paid despite the takeover. Finance manager Vicky Lambert said: “We’ve all got bills to pay and have had no communication. We want to know whether we are going to get our salaries.”
Brett Barton and Tony Mitchell, of Coventry-based Cranfield Business Recovery, were appointed as joint administrators on May 15. The administrators said proposed changes to the Government’s feed-in tariff scheme had led to a rush to get all projects installed under the higher tariff rates and Norton had been hit by cash-flow difficulties.
In a mobile phone voicemail message, Zeus director Ramon Nanak said: “We are currently in the process of securing funding and seeking professional advice on the future of Zeus. As a point of comfort, I would like to state that wages are protected by legislation.”