The financial woes of Allans Billy Hyde have taken an unfortunate turn following the news that employees are allegedly owed thousands of dollars in unpaid wages from the company.
As reported by Music Feeds, the music retailer is yet to issue formal notices of redundancy and pay wages to a number of employees affected by the recent closure of three stores. Australian Music Group (AMG), the owners of Allans Billy Hyde, allegedly promised to pay the owed amounts between February and March 2017; however, six employees across two stores told Music Feeds they’re still waiting on payment.
“On Saturday, 9th June we were verbally promised we would receive a redundancy package on the following Tuesday,” former Allans Billy Hyde sales consultant Tristan Courtney-Prior told the publication.
“We have not received any redundancy payments, any written documentation regarding our redundancies or been paid out our annual leave, and we haven’t even been paid for the last week we worked for the company, including the last day, which was spent loading the remaining stock onto a truck under the supervision of company representatives.”
Courtney-Prior added that he has contacted the Fair Work Ombudsmen who "recently advised me they cannot compel the company to pay my outstanding wages, and they do not have the power to compel the employer to provide me with a separation certificate. This news has been devastating.”
AMG went into receivership in August 2012, and has since reopened a number of retail stores in an effort to rebuild. Today, the Allans Billy Hyde store in Bourke Street, Melbourne stands alone, with the retailer also operating as an online store.
AMG is yet to comment on the matter.