Jobs lost as IT firm closes

PUBLISHED: 17:21 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

Computer Keyboard Systems

Computer Keyboard Systems

DISTRAUGHT workers claim to have been left thousands of pounds out of pocket after their company closed, writes Ben Griffiths. About 30 workers at Computer Keyboard Systems (CKS) in Swallows End, WGC, have lost their jobs. Many say they are waiting for ou

DISTRAUGHT workers claim to have been left thousands of pounds out of pocket after their company closed, writes Ben Griffiths.

About 30 workers at Computer Keyboard Systems (CKS) in Swallows End, WGC, have lost their jobs. Many say they are waiting for outstanding wages from liquidators.

CKS was a family-run company that produced industrial computer keyboards for 27 years before it ceased trading last month.

Bruce Piggott, an electronic engineer, said he was owed over £2,000 in wages.

"It is annoying as I'm retired and went back to work, now I find that I'm not going to get anything for it," said Mr Piggott of Daniells, WGC.

"I put in a lot of time and I have worked there on and off since '92 and it is upsetting.

"It is very sad as some people have been there as long as 14 years."

A former employee of CKS, who claimed to be speaking on behalf of the company but declined to be named, said the situation was "hugely upsetting".

Issues such as pay were now in the hands of administrators.

She declined to say who they were.

She said: "It's extremely regrettable when any company goes into liquidation, but I think 27 years is a very good track record.

"It got impossible to compete with manufacturers in China and the Far East.

"Issues of pay are now completely out of the company's hands as it has ceased to exist."

* Have you been affected by the closure of CKS? Contact ben.griffiths@whtimes.co.uk

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