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International Business DirectoriesMouyal Corporate Group Montreal, Quebec Canada
International Business Directories Michael Mouyal, Canadian Scammer, Stiffed His Barbados Sales Staff, Similar Scam to World Wide Source, Ameri-source, NBIE, IT Data Direct and Infomatika Montreal Quebec
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From Barbados Newspaper Articles:
- Saturday 09, December-2000
by Janelle Walters
ANGRY WORKERS turned on the heat yesterday, forcing management of two related offshore companies at the Harbour Road to pay them thousands of dollars.
More than 100 employees from International Business Directories and Merchant Transaction Supplies received cheques for money owed them after four stormy hours at the companies.
When the workers, who were laid off on Monday, arrived at the No. 4 Harbour Road building around 10 a.m. to pick up their pay cheques and realised nothing was happening, they began to hurl insults at the management.
And by the time the SATURDAY SUN team rushed to the building minutes later, officers from the Criminal Investigations Department were already there as uniformed police kept an eye on things.
Workers said that despite working for considerable commissions, little or none had been paid, and too often promises of payment had fallen through.
One woman put the money owed her at about $1200 and charged that Government is too slack when it comes to dealing with these sort of people here.
Phyllis Edgehill, another vocal worker, said she and her family had been threatened because she spoke out about her treatment and that of her colleagues.
I came from England where people treat you badly . . . now to come back home and let people from outside treat me badly here? No way! she said.
Around 2 p.m. when no one had yet been paid, things took a turn for the worst and the bitter workers began throwing papers on the floor and arguing loudly.
More policemen were called to the scene to quell flared tempers. Finally around 2:30 p.m., some workers were seen walking out with cheques in hand. The workers received a cheque for $100 to be cashed that day and another one to be cashed on Wednesday.
In a memo to the workers yesterday, it was stated that the cheque to be cashed on Wednesday represented the hours that they had worked for the payroll date December 1 (week ending November 22 for MTS and November 24 for IBD).
The memo went on to state: If possible, the last cheque will also have commissions and accrued vacation pay if sufficient funds are available by Wednesday December 20.
But even after this, some complained that the cheque to be cashed on Wednesday might bounce leaving them with no chance of receiving pay.
A Press release from the Canada-based Mouyal Group, the parent company, stated that they were in the process of restructuring the entire corporate enterprise in Canada and Barbados and the memo given to workers had invited them to re-apply for work early in the new year.
Offshore Workers Still To Get Money
- Thursday 21, December-2000
WHEN EMPLOYEES of two offshore companies turned up yesterday morning expecting cheques, they were sorely disappointed.
Instead, the International Business Directories and Merchant Transaction Supplies workers were greeted by a notice taped to the door stating: Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, cheques will not be issued today. You will be contacted before Friday with more information. We are working to ensure you are paid before Christmas. We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience.
One woman, on seeing the notice shouted: I want my money! I have children to feed and Christmas here!
Police and Task Force personnel were called in to keep the peace, a source said, after some employees loudly aired their displeasure at the situation.
The source added that management then calmed employees, telling them they were trying to contact the parent company, Mouyal Group, in Canada, but so far had been unable to do so.
Earlier this month, employees at the offshore companies were laid off. After they were paid some of the money owed them, they were informed by a memo that the last cheques, which would also include commission and vacation pay depending on availability of funds would have been issued yesterday.
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