The employees of the Miss Etam retail chain did not receive a salary in September. That is why they have sent a so-called wage claim to the company, with which they officially claim the salary.
Since the new owner, Martijn Rozenboom, took over the ailing chain at the beginning of September after the Belgian parent company FNG went bankrupt, the wages have not been paid, says the union AVV. If the company does not pay the wages after all, the union will file for bankruptcy on behalf of the employees.
Rozenboom tells RetailNews that the staff is simply paid. Today or tomorrow they will receive an advance, the rest will follow at the end of the month, according to the owner.
“This morning, 558 employees of the 600 employees had already registered for the wage claim,” says Martin Pikaart, chairman of the trade union AVV. According to him, no one is paid wages. “At least we have not heard from anyone that they do get paid.”
According to Pikaart, twenty to thirty of the 104 Miss Etam stores have now been closed. “My suspicion is that it was never a real plan to continue this business, but to have it looted and left destitute,” he says.
After the bankruptcy of the parent company of Miss Etam, the Dutch branch made a restart under the FLV Group of entrepreneur Martijn Rozenboom, who took over several ailing companies. In almost all cases that ended badly, the FD wrote in September.
The bankruptcy trustees were aware of that history, they told the FD at the time. “We are not from yesterday.” Bankruptcy trustee Kees van de Meent then said: “Of course you take into account reputations around the parties. But as a receiver you have the legal task to collect as much money as possible for as many creditors as possible. And this is someone who has bid and paid a substantial amount. . “