But company says: “All staff are in”
RMJM has denied claims that staff at its New York office are refusing to go into work until they get paid their missing wages.
The firm has admitted that staff in New York are behind on salaries but dismissed claims they have walked out until they get paid.
Nick Haston, RMJM’s managing director of its Asia arm, said: “All staff are in work in the New York office.”
But BD understands that just a handful of staff have been showing up for work since last week. The office on Seventh Avenue is believed to employ around 30 people having recently let go 25 after it lost its work on the Baha Mar luxury resort project.
One insider said: “The strike is all about broken promises and owed monies. Staff no longer believe anything management says. They are staying out until they get paid up.”
Haston did confirm that one of the firm’s remaining principals in its New York office, Gale LaCava, had her contract terminated last week.
The source said LaCava, who was responsible for managing the office and joined the business back in 2008, was dismissed “because she was blamed for not stopping the strike”.
BD also understands that RMJM is looking into buying another New York practice called DPM Architecture. Haston said: “Any ongoing negotiations are by their very nature confidential and as such we are not able to comment at this time.”
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