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Tue October 20 2020

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Most Rok staff let go as buyers back off

17 Nov 10 Rok’s administrators yesterday shut down more of the business, putting another 1,800 employees out of work. Total job losses at the company in the past week is now close to 2,800.

Only a quarter of the workforce now remains.

The latest redundancies are from the maintenance and improvements division throughout the UK and the Scottish construction business – shut down after administrator PwC failed to find a buyer, despite plenty of initial interest.
The only parts now remaining are the construction and social housing division and negotiations with potential purchasers for this business continue.

Rob Hunt, partner and joint administrator at PwC said: “Regrettably, the redundancies made today were necessary as it became clear in the last 24 hours that we were not going to be able to find a purchaser for these parts of the Group. Operations cannot continue and hence we have had to take steps to close both the maintenance and improvements division as well as the Scottish construction division. We have retained a small workforce to assist us in this process.

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“We have set up an employee relations helpline and are working closely with employees affected by this decision to ensure they receive the support they need during this difficult time to assist with their claims for redundancy and other compensatory payments. Staff affected by this will be paid for the period since we were appointed including today.

“As we have already committed, those employees who continue to be employed by the company and attend work will continue to be paid, as normal.

“We continue to maintain a dialogue with parties interested in the Construction and Social Housing business in England. This division employs approximately 500 people and we expect to have further updates during this week.”

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