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24Sep92 UK: FORMER FARR STAFF STILL WAITING FOR PAY-OFFS, NEARLY TWO YEARS AFTER THE COMPANY CRASHED.

Former workers at failed contractor Farr are facing their third Christmas owed thousands of pounds in redundancy.A series of industrial tribunal hearings now look like being put back to next year, leaving more than 40 former staff fearing they will never see their money.The saga centres on a row between the Government and contractor Amey which bought Farr when it crashed nearly two years ago.Department of Employment officials believe Amey should pay off the former Farr workers, but Amey chiefs say the Government should pick up the bill under the terms of the Employment Protection Act.Farr's former chief accountant, John Holloway, said: 'We're still struggling on with this. Leave of the court has now been obtained for our hearings but no dates have been set yet.'It now looks like nothing will go ahead this year and the whole thing will drag on into 1993.'Workers will receive a much bigger pay-out if Amey is landed with the redundancy bill by the tribunal. The contractor could find itself facing claims for unfair dismissal and holiday pay owing on top of the statutory minimum payout.The former boss of Farr, Dr Gerald Smith, faces trial charged with stealing cash and securities worth £1.2 million from the company pension fund.