Two former workers have spoken up about the ‘unfair treatment’ they received at C&W Transport, a delivery company that works for the Hemel Hempstead based Amazon warehouse.
Elliot Bird worked for the company for just over a month and said they left him in a bad financial position.
His van was also hit from the back while it was parked, he says he didn’t witness it happen and reported it to the manager, who ignored him.
He continued: “When I left, I was due four weeks’ pay in hand, but I was underpaid. Before this, my manager blocked me on everything so I had no contact and when I called the head office they said I owe them £2000 on the van as it was a write-off, even though I knew it wasn’t.
“It makes me feel distressed for others out there just trying to earn a living, especially in these hard times. People are being misled by a company that are just in it for themselves and causing people stress and mental health issues.”
Laura, who also worked for the company didn’t receive her full payment.
She said: “I worked there about five weeks and I only got paid £294. It’s disgraceful, I should have made almost £2000.
“The manager would never pick up his phone, if you spoke to him, he would raise his voice at us and actually swear.
“It was destructive to my life, my mum had just passed away because of COVID19 and I needed money to upkeep her house and I mentioned that to my manager.
“I came back from burying my mum in Ireland and I kept on being put on standby, so they didn’t give me much work.”
Michael Harper HR Manager at C&W Transport said: “In regards to Elliot, If you’re hiring a vehicle and someone hits you while it’s parked and you’re not inside the vehicle, the responsibility is still yours and you would have to pay for it. He agreed in writing that he is liable to any damages while it’s hired by him.
“We only have a small number of unhappy drivers, if you read more reviews you can see that we’ve got more than 600 happy drivers who are delivering thousands of parcels every day.”
Mr Harper did not have any comments on Laura’s situation.