UPDATE: Pig staffers insist there have been layoffs

A former FlyingPig employee says group CEO Mark Battles is not telling the whole truth when he says no staff have been made redundant from the e-tailer.

A former FlyingPig employee says group CEO Mark Battles is not telling the whole truth when he says no staff have been made redundant from the e-tailer.

Battles says the only recent "formal redundancies" have been the five jobs that went at the time of FlyingPig's sale to Auckland print and online publisher IT Media last month, which were referred to in a press release at the time. (The stock-only deal saw Battles, formerly financial controller at FlyingPig, become IT Media group CEO.)

"There have been three or four people leave since then but I haven't actually signed any formal redundancy letter post-purchase by IT Media," says Battles.

But IDGNet has been contacted by a number of former staff who insist the most recent departures – including two last week and another employee due to finish on December 22 – are not voluntary.

A former employee who declined to be named says staff are angry at the way the layoffs have been handled, at the fact that some of the most experienced staff have gone and over other issues – including the failure to appear of an employee share scheme that had been promised.

Another former employee says Battles told him there would be further layoffs after Christmas, a scenario Battles did not rule out to IDGNet.

"All I can say at the moment is that the business model is evolving. We haven't made any decisions regarding formal staff losses in the new year. We are looking at purchasing another e-tailer and there could be some economies of scale."

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