Security boss promises to pay back Kingston guard for Walton work
A security boss has promised to pay “something” to a guard owed nearly three months wages.
Shehryar Ahmed worked nights for UK Business Protection Services (UKBPS) protecting an abandoned property in Walton between March 31 and June 6 last year.
But nearly a year later the 27-year-old, who lives with his wife Suraya and 11-month-old daughter Pareesha in Excelsior Close, Kingston, has still not been paid a penny for his work, despite winning a county court judgement ordering them to pay up.
He said: “I feel angry and upset. I did all those nights and stayed away for months thinking my daughter would be born [soon] and I could buy her everything.
“The day my daughter was born it was after two months and I did not have any money for a pushchair or anything for my daughter. I was so upset. My wife cried with me then.”
Mr Ahmed was unemployed for months but finally found a job working for another security company Sight and Sound working in St John’s Wood.
He said he believed there were many other security guards in the same situation.
Kingston County Court made an award on November 21 last year for £3,332.59, which included interest.
A letter from UKBPS chief executive officer Marcus Lynock to Mr Ahmed in March 8 said the company had “major internal issues within our internal accounts department”.
He said: “We are aware there is currently money owed to yourself, however, at present we are transferring all financial issues to our external accountants and are therefore unable to make any immediate payments to you.”
Mr Lynock, from UKBPS, said he had taken time out of the business last year after the birth of a child with Down’s syndrome and returned to find in his absence some security guards had not been paid.
He said: “You cannot operate a business without paying staff. It is a disgrace. It is not right and it is not fair. Security is a hard industry. My heart goes out to be honest.”
Mr Lynock said the company had gone into administration and the administrators had been handed the cases to see if they could be paid.
He added: “If they cannot I would like to speak to these guys personally. We have got to give them something and it is not fair on these guys.”