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RMJM delays paying salaries again

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RMJM has again failed to pay its UK staff despite splashing out on YRM’s ailing studio last month

December payments for UK staff at the AJ100 company were days late and the latest paycheck – due on the 9 January – has yet to materialise.

Staff were told of a ‘cash flow issue’ behind the delays.

An RMJM spokesperson said: ‘Our resilience and the robust nature of our financial position is underlined by the fact that any payment delays have been minimal and always the result of a short delay in receiving agreed client payments.

‘Where local studios around the world have not collected their cash on time we provide support from another part of the group. This is one of the key strengths of our global operation, but that process can, on occasion, take time.

‘We caught up significantly with pension payments in December and expenses are for the most part up-to-date.’

The salary problems emerged just weeks after the Edinburgh-based outfit bought troubled nuclear and aviation specialist YRM.

Senior YRM staff joined the company but the studio’s remaining 20 staff were left without jobs and owed two month’s salaries.

In March last year a principal at RMJM’s Hong Kong studio has been put under ‘formal review’ after airing allegations the company had failed to pay staff in full and on time.

RMJM chief executive Peter Morrison described the principal Catherine Siu’s claims about cash flow, as well as allegations Morrison had personally failed in his responsibility to protect the interests of staff and creditors, as ‘exaggerated’.

Staff in the Hong Kong office continued to be paid late despite an £8 million bailout of the company by its controlling dynasty, the Morrison family.

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