Norfolk teenagers continue their ski chalet protest in the French Alps

Two Norfolk teenagers among a group staging a sit-in protest in France are continuing their fight to be paid wages they say they are owed.

Angus Briggs, from Newmarket Road, in Norwich, and Paddy Bartram, from East Tuddenham, are part of 'Les Menuires 7' - a group of seven ski chalet hosts who have barricaded themselves in a luxury ski chalet in the French Alps because say they have been unfairly dismissed without pay by the company Skithe3V.

Angus and Paddy said they had been working for the company for just two weeks when they received an email saying their employment was being terminated and they would not be paid.

They have said they are each owed about �200 by Skithe3V, which has a base in Hanover Road, London.

Since Tuesday they and five others have staged a sit-in protest at Skithe3v's Chalet Georgina, just outside Les Menuires.

Their protest has attracted a large amount of interest from local and national media both in the UK and France, and they have received a lot of support via Facebook and Twitter.

Today 'Les Menuires 7' spoke to the police about the situation and they are also due to speak to a representative from Skithe3V with a mediator.

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Speaking from the chalet, Angus, 19, said: 'The interest and support has really helped our cause.

'The police came here today. They were very reasonable. They were interested with the terms with which we were employed and fired, and all the things related to our employment and the money.'

He said Les Menuires 7 remained determined and in good spirits.

'Everybody is good. We have been working hard. We have been spending a lot of time promoting the cause,' he said.

'We are still in good spirits and just trying to work hard.

'Thank you to everyone who is continuing to support us. The support has been amazing.'

Despite everything that has happened, both Angus and Paddy, 18, want to stay in the French Alps for the rest of the ski season.

'Despite what has happened with Skithe3v, there are a lot of really good companies out here offering really good employment opportunities for young people.

'We both intend to stay out here for the rest of the season,' Angus said,

When the Evening News contacted Skithe3v on Thursday a spokesman said he was unable to comment because the situation was in the hands of the company's legal team.

• Do you have a story for the Evening News? Call reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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