Norfolk teenagers win their battle over pay at ski resort in the French Alps
Two Norfolk teenagers among a group staging a sit-in protest in France over wages were last night looking forward to being paid by their former employer.
Angus Briggs, from Newmarket Road, in Norwich, and Paddy Bartram, from East Tuddenham, pictured, are part of 'Les Menuires 7' – a group of seven ski chalet hosts who barricaded themselves in a luxury ski chalet in the French Alps because they said they had 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 said they were 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.
The protest by 'Les Menuires 7' 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.
Last night their efforts to be paid gathered pace when a meeting involving 'Les Menuires 7,' a representative from Skithe3v and the French authorities was held.
Angus, 19, said the meeting lasted more than two hours and that the group was very pleased with the outcome.
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He said they were all due to be paid an instalment of what they were owed last night, and that they should receive the rest of their wages at the end of the month. He also said it was agreed that they can stay in the chalet until 10am on Monday morning.
He said: 'We are really, really happy we are going to get paid. It is good we can move on from this – but I still think it is shameful we have had to go through this process to achieve this.
'Thank you to the French authorities for sorting things out. They have done a great job.
'Thanks also to all the people who have supported 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,
On Thursday a spokesman for Skithe3v said he was unable to comment because the situation was in the hands of the company's legal team.
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