TWO former Kwik Save workers will meet the Prime Minister today to discuss the collapse of the supermarket chain.
Frances Wright and Mandy Higgins, who both worked at the Ellesmere Port store, have an appointment with Gordon Brown at 4.30pm.
They were chosen by retail trade union Usdaw to travel to Downing Street, along with officials, to tell Mr Brown of their plight.
After the closure of the Station Road store in May and the company’s failure to pay them their due redundancy money, the duo organised a demonstration outside the Little Sutton branch, also axed two months later.
Their campaign was reported in the Pioneer and also made the national Press.
Although they both eventually received their redundancy pay it was only a fraction of what they were entitled to.
Mother-of-four Mandy Higgins, who remains unemployed, said: “It was a huge shock to get invited to go and meet the Prime Minister but it’s nice that he wants to hear our views.
“When this all happened we were the ones who took it the furthest. We are not scared of speaking our minds.”
Mrs Wright said: “We’re both really excited. Although we can’t do anything to change what has happened we can try to make sure that nothing like this happens again in the future.”
Usdaw national officer Joanne McGuinness said: “The two of them helped us during the whole saga, giving statements and speaking to the media about their plight.
“So we felt they should travel down with us. They can say first hand what the effects were and how they suffered. We want to make sure that this situation isn’t allowed to happen again.”
She added that following Somerfield’s sale of the Kwik Save chain to BTTF Ltd in 2006, the union would be calling on the Government to carry out checks in future to make sure that the company has a chance of going forward.