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Switchfire Simon Blackburn, Switchfire LTD, Switch Fire, Mr Blackburn, Switchfire Limited Non paying Scam, Scam Text Messages, Scam SMS London, Nation
14th of Dec, 2010 by User402214
DO NOT work with this company! Simon Blackburn who runs Switchfire Limited scams people for a living by sending out grossly overpriced adult text messaging subscription services and calls this a "business". Additionally he does not pay his employees!
I was employed to help with the online marketing with Switchfire, however, Switchfire tried to illegally withhold two months salary including holiday pay from me when I handed in my notice.
I processed an employment tribunal though ACAS to take Switchfire and Simon Blackburn to court over their illegal action of withholding salary.
Fortunately Simon Blackburn and Switchfire Limited backed down the day before the court hearing and eventually paid up for the money I was legally entitled to.
For Simon Blackburn and Switchfire Limited to withdraw the day before the hearing shows the company is drastically un-organised, originally Simon Blackburn tried to settle with me by offering less than 1/2 money legally owed!
Unfortunately as I'd gone down the employment tribunal route I was unable to claim for personal damages on my part against Simon Blackburn and Switchfire Limited. To withhold two full months salary, all holiday pay and not receive payment for this until six months later is obviously very stressful, not to mention the time spent chasing up the money that I was legally entitled to and the obvious stress this had caused to my every day life.
Unless you want to be seriously ripped off I'd suggest avoiding Simon Blackburn and his joke of a company Switchfire Limited like the plague.
Switchfire Limited has been in court many times for breaching the rules of text message spamming and ripping people off and constantly tip toe around the phone networks rules. If you search in Google you'll fine entire forums of people complaining about Switchfire Limited.
The solution is simple - Do not work for or do any business with Simon Blackburn or Switchfire Limited!


Make sure you REPORT ALL scam text messages to - Phone Pay Plus - visit: http://www.phonepayplus.org.uk/output/default.aspx
Withholding salary is illegal and should always be chased up. I worked hard for the company when I was there, however, Simon Blackburns Illegal for action was sprung upon me and totally uncalled for.
I am unsure if this was a personal dig towards myself as I heard thought-out the office on many occasions that his wife rather fancied me, however, to not pay someone's salary is actually illegal and Simon Blackburn indeed had to face the consequences.
To summarise this entire company is run by someone (Simon Blackburn) who thinks it's okay to partake in illegal business activity where by thinking illegally withhold someone's salary is okay.
Switchfire and Simon Blackburn thinks that it's "okay" to make a living by scamming people out of money by providing scam adult mobile text messaging services.
Simon Blackburn and Switchfire Limited are to be avoided at all costs.

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