Hundreds of workers have been left without jobs following the collapse of WA company, Advanced Traffic Management.
The roadworks management firm has operated for over two decades but left staff shocked and in tears on Wednesday after revealing via text message it had gone into liquidation and that they were no longer required.
“Everyone just got fired today, no pre-warning or anything,” sacked worker Damon Douglas told 7NEWS.
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ATM provides workers and equipment to keep the wheels moving on major road projects across Perth.
The firm has contracts with councils and Main Roads WA, and describes itself on its website as having “built a reputation for quality, reliability and safety”.
Hundreds of workers are without a job after the sudden collapse of Advanced Traffic Management. Credit: 7NEWS
ATM’s headquarters are in Perth but the company has subsidiary offices in Albany, Northam, and Kalgoorlie.
CFMEU organiser Aaron Mackrell blasted the treatment of workers, particularly how they were informed of the news, as an “absolute disgrace”.
The liquidator says it was appointed because of ATM’s failure to pay a material outstanding debt and that the federal court issued the order to have the company wound up.
It says workers will get paid.
Main Roads told 7NEWS it did not expect the collapse of the company to have an impact because it also contracts other traffic management companies.
Several sacked workers say they have already been approached by other companies offering them jobs.
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