No redundancy pay for off-licence staff

EXCLUSIVE by Narelle McGowan & Gemma Haigh

Staff at eight Edinburgh First Quench off-licences face redundancy without pay, leaving them with the prospect of a long fight to claim their money.

Edinburgh Napier News has learned that some of the staff, many of whom have worked for the company for up to 20 years, will not get the redundancy payments they are entitled to.

One worker said that many staff are devastated by the news and feel it is unfair they are not getting a redundancy package.

Administrators KPMG were brought in to try to save the business, but now they are planning to close dozens of branches across the country.

A First Quench spokeswoman refused to confirm that staff will be left without pay.

First Quench, who own Wine Rack, Thresher, Haddows, Bottoms Up, The Local and Victoria Wine have 219 stores across Scotland, 53 of which face closure and of the 1,300 stores in the UK they are closing 373.

During the recession, increased competition from supermarkets as well as stock problems earlier this year added to First Quench‘s problems.

The eight Edinburgh stores confirmed to be closing by a First Quench spokesperson are:

  1. Haddows, Gorgie Road
  2. Haddows, Ferry Road
  3. Thresher, Ferry Road
  4. Victoria Wine, Leith Walk
  5. Victoria Wine, Haymarket Terrace
  6. Victoria Wine, Easter Road
  7. Victoria Wine, Newington Road
  8. Victoria Wine, Davidson Mains

Hibs take the spoils in Capital derby

courtesy of The Daily Mail

courtesy of The Daily Mail

By Stewart primrose

Hibernian won the Edinburgh derby for the first time in five attempts as they strengthened their hopes of a top six finish.

A Steven Fletcher goal early on was enough to give the green half of the city the bragging rights. The game was far from incident-free with both teams having a man sent off.

The match was evenly balanced throughout with both sides going close before Fletcher struck after 14 minutes. He got on the end of a cross from Alan O’Brien and the ball went in off the bar.

Hearts’ striker Christian Nade performed poorly throughout, passing up many scoring opportunities as the Gorgie boys went searching for an equaliser. Their cause was not helped when in-form winger Andrew Driver was substitued after suffering an injury 25 minutes into the game.

The game was fired into life when Goalkeeper Janos Balogh  was sent off after fouling Fletcher when the player had a clear run on goal. Hibs’ Sol Bamba was then red-carded for being last man after tripping up Nade, although this was disputed strongly by his team mates.

Mixu Paatelainen, the Hibernian boss, was delighted with the win.

“These games mean everything to us, the supporters and so many people, and it’s a fantastic feeling to win the game.”

“I felt that their goalkeeper’s sending off was clear-cut, but Sol Bamba’s was more of a collision and he was not the last man. I think the referee wanted to level things out.”

Csaba Laszlo, the Hearts manager, felt his side did enough to at least merit a point.

Hearts Fans put on a brave face courtesy of newsimg

Hearts Fans put on a brave face courtesy of newsimg

We had opportunities to score through Christian Nade and Michael Stewart.

“You must put the ball in the net. If you score, you have an easy life, but we didn’t do that today.”

“If you lose a derby, it’s painful. I hope we have more luck in the nine league games we have left.”

The result means Hibs stay above Motherwell in that all important sixth place. Despite the defeat, Hearts are in third position, five points clear of nearest challengers Aberdeen and Dundee United.

All is not ‘Well as Hearts stumble

Motherwell 1-0 Hearts

By Ross Hart

Hearts missed the chance to move level on points with Dundee United in the Scottish Premier League after a 1-0 defeat to Motherwell last night.

Chris Porter’s early header was enough to condemn Csaba Laszlo’s side to a fifth game without a win ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup derby with Hibernian.

The home side started the game with more purpose than their visitors and Jim O’Brien fired a ball across the face of the Jambos’ goal but no ‘Well player was able to capitalise. [Read more…]

Arbroath to wait for Hearts’ money

By Ross Hart

Hearts have come to an agreement with Arbroath to postpone payment of money owed to the Second Division side over the Andy Webster transfer deal for a month.

The debt of around £15,000 is Arbroath’s cut of the deal that took Webster from Hearts to Wigan in 2006. Arbroath inserted a sell on clause into the deal which took the player to Edinburgh in 2001.

Arbroath secretary Garry Callon said: “We are due £14,437 plus VAT with the interest on top and we have been told that will be paid on January 9.”

Webster was with Hearts for five years before invoking a loophole in governing body FIFA’s contract law. This clause allowed the player to leave for a club outside Scotland if his current employers were given adequate notice.

He then signed for Wigan but his time at the JJB Stadium was hit by injury and he signed for Rangers a year later on loan before making a permanent move to the Glasgow club.

The delay in the payment comes amid fears of a cash crisis at Hearts. Earlier this month, players received their wages four days late and win bonuses were also due to them.

It is rumoured that the Jambos’ owner Vladimir Romanov is preparing to sell on some of the club’s top earners, such as captain Christophe Berra, in January to ease the cash-flow problems the club face.

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