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Workers protest and demand pay after Triumph Furniture collapse

Workers protested outside the former Triumph furniture factory in Merthyr Tydfil

Former employees of the collapsed furniture factory, Triumph, have been protesting outside the site after losing their jobs last week.

The furniture manufacturer based in Merthyr Tydfil fell into administration on the 8th October after what it called "an unprecedented fall in sales in the course of the last 10 weeks."

The company suffered a "rapid and catastrophic collapse in orders" with more than 250 employees losing their jobs. Staff claim they were not properly consulted on the matter of redundancies and are seeking legal action.

We thought they might have downsized or maybe laid a few people off but we didn't expect them to close the gates.

– Former Triumph employee
Workers say they have no income and have had to freeze mortgages and bank loans

One former worker told ITV Wales the administration team had been on site since the 18th September. He said the administrators could have given them more time to look for other jobs.

Some workers say they have had to go to food banks, freeze mortgage payments and borrow money from family and friends.

I've had to freeze my mortgage, I'm at risk of losing my house, bank loans I've had to freeze, and I've got no income whatsoever.

– Former Triumph employee
The Triumph collapse have left 239 people without work

Why were we all kept in the dark? We're a loyal work force, some were here for over 40 years. I think they should've been respected and been told of the circumstances

– Former Triumph employee

Although the workers can claim wages and redundancy pay through the Government it can take up to six weeks. The workers say they need their final wage to "tide them over, even if just for a week or two".

In a statement the administrators, Begbies Traynor, said the closure of Triumph Furniture is "undoubtedly a devastating blow for the workforce and the wider community." They say that "every effort was made to explore all potential routes to rescuing the business and avoiding this outcome."

We can confirm that the Redundancy Payments Service is treating this as a high priority case and we are meeting them tomorrow to assist with efforts to achieve accelerated payments to employees.

– Begbies Traynor