Several disgruntled employees are taking their fight with a west end restaurant to the picket line.
Some employees of Mark’s Breakfast in the Market Mall say the owner is failing to pay the staff their full paycheques.
Deborah Langille, a cook and server held a single person picket outside the establishment Wednesday of this week and said other employees are planning a picket on Friday.
Mark Mattalo told ONNtv / SaultOnline.com he was not aware of any strike or protest but explained that the business is suffering to stay afloat.
“Since Christmas Time, the restaurant slowed down a lot, I’ve been behind on bills and payroll”.
He claims the employees agreed to late paycheques.
Langille said she has not been paid since December. “He owes me well over $3,000 in wages, I stayed because of the crew we had”
The struggles of running a small business is taking its toll on Mattalo
“I need $1,000 for gas tomorrow or I might have to shut the doors” Mattalo said. That’s something he has been fighting off he says . “I don’t want to close the door on the place and hurt everyone”
He claims the business has hurt him personally, not being able to pay himself and he is now behind on his own personal bills while trying to keep the diner open.
When the business first started Langille said the employees were making a more than reasonable wage stating “I was making $400 a day with tips and everything”.
Langille said she had to quit and look for another job but still wants what is owed to her.
Mattalo said “Langille wasn’t working enough to demand money she feels she’s owed.”
Langille also stated she could not comment on the other shifts that work in the restaurant, only the seven people that worked on her shift.
The restaurant was closed on Friday with a sign on the door stating “medical emergency”. It is not certain if the restaurant will remain closed at this time.