Contractors picketing for their pay
Two contractors protested outside a New Plymouth restaurant last night, angry they had not been paid for months of work.
Dylan Watson and Stan Dromgool completed renovations on Gengy's Mongolian BBQ Buffet before Christmas, but said they still hadn't seen a penny from franchise owner Monty Cho.
Mr Watson set up DMW Contracting last July, and made his first business deal with Mr Cho in November.
"It was my first job. You want your first job to run smoothly. My kids have missed out on Christmas presents," he said.
The two tradesmen completed gibbing and framing in the Devon St restaurant and said together they were owed around $18,500.
Restaurant owner David Park is not at fault but could potentially lose business if protests continue.
"It's between Stan and Monty, I'm not concerned in it, Monty's the employer," Mr Park said.
The new owner said he also worked alongside the labourers and was owed around $2000.
After weeks of unanswered calls and broken promises, Mr Watson and Mr Dromgool are running out of options. "We don't know where Monty lives, this is where he employed us," Mr Dromgool said.
Each time they have contacted Mr Cho, they had been told they would be paid soon.
The duo said they would continue to hold up signs reading "Honour your contract" and "We want paying," until the money is in their account.
Taranaki Daily News