It’s not the news that more than 430 former Goodwill employees had hoped to hear.
CEO Keiko Nakamura issued a brief email statement on Wednesday evening, saying that ” despite our best efforts, employees will not be paid on Friday as part of the regular pay cycle.”
16 stores, 10 donation centres and two offices were closed over the weekend, with no advance warning given to staff who showed up to work, only to find that they had been locked out.
Speaking during a press conference on Monday, CEO Nakamura said the closures were the result of what she termed a ”cash flow crisis,” adding that all possible solutions to the crisis are being examined.
The news that wages will not be paid, comes just hours after dozens of the affected workers gathered at one of the company’s distribution hubs in Scarborough on Wednesday afternoon.
There, some of them spoke of the desperate situation they are facing and of how without this weeks paycheque, many of them would not be able to afford the basics.
They also called for Nakamura, who took a salary of $221,774 from Goodwill in 2014, to resign from her position immediately.
Nakamura has not yet responded to these pleas.
Goodwill says it will update employees on Monday about when they’ll get paid.