Shop manager made redundant by text
A Leicester shop manager said he was made redundant via text message.
Shayne Bolsher said he was stunned to receive the message from his managing director giving him a week's notice.
The 39-year-old said he was furious with the way he had been treated by Leicestershire-based company Fife Fine Foods after working there for nearly a year.
Mr Bolsher, from Wigston, Leicester, claimed he received the message on the first day of a week off, on Monday March 29 from the company's managing director, Barry Youell.
It said: "Dear Shayne it is with regret that i have to give you one weeks notice due to the continueing (sic) drop in trade.
"I was going to phone you during work hours but got your number after 1700. I will give you a reference if you need one. Regards Barry".
Mr Bolsher said he last saw his boss two days before, on Saturday March 27, before he left for his holiday.
He said: He had mentioned there may be redundancies but he never said I was at risk. His last words to me were, 'I'll see you when I get back from holiday'. I had no reason to think I might lose my job. I think he's just a coward, to be honest, to do it like that."
Mr Bolsher, who is married with two children, said he had worked for the company, which runs delicatessen and butchers shops in Leicestershire, for around 11 months, mainly as a cover manager in different shops across the county. He is now seeking advice from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) and has got temporary work for the next two weeks through an agency but said: "I've got a mortgage, I have got a family, I have got bills, it's been incredibly stressful.
A spokesman for Fife Fine Foods said they could not comment as the managing director was on holiday for the next three weeks.