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Tottenham Hotspur stadium workers 'left unpaid'

Tottenham stadium workers 'left unpaid'
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Electricians working on Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium have reportedly not been paid for weeks.

Electricians working on Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium have reportedly not been paid for weeks.

Contractor Tyco are said to be refusing to hand over the money on a technicality after installing fire alarms at the new arena, which is believed to have cost in excess of £1bn to put together.

"We've been grafting, doing 80-hour weeks at Tottenham for months and suddenly we're out of money. This should not be happening," electrician Harvey Kirk told talkSPORT

"It is a £1bn project – probably more by the time it's finished – and I'm having to scratch around and go into my overdraft to pay rent and get fares home for Christmas. I would call it a fairly serious failing: certainly on behalf of Tyco, and perhaps Tottenham if they don't apply enough pressure."

Meanwhile, chairman of IWGB's Electrical Workers Branch, Sam McDouall added: "Tottenham have an outstanding reputation for being morally and ethically fair. So we are very surprised that they are allowing their contractors to act in a morally and ethically poor way."

However, a spokesman for Tottenham has been quoted as saying: "This is a matter between Tyco and its subcontractors."

Another worker Ellise Strickland also told talkSPORT: "I have no money and Christmas is coming. How am I meant to say to my neice and nephew 'Oh, I haven't got you anything this year'. I can't explain it to a four year old."

Tottenham's new stadium was initially expected to open in September, but has since been delayed until 2019.


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