When Abid Gulzar's Hastings Lions Pier Ltd bought the Pier from our previous employers Hastings Pier Charity, we pledged to work for and with him in a positive, enthusiastic way. In our brief stint as employees of his, however, he often encouraged us to engage in questionable work operations: often against our advice, because they completely contradicted our understanding of best working practices in the engineering field.
An atmosphere was created by Gulzar and his management team that made our careers at the Pier untenable, including:
• His refusal to pay for safety inspections or for new materials to maintain the structural integrity of the Pier
• His claim that Peter, a Royal Engineer of 35 years' marine and civil experience, was unqualified to work either on or under the Pier
• Behaving towards Francesca in what she considered a professionally and personally inappropriate way on more than one occasion.
And then, on the back of Peter's protestations, Gulzar turned the tables and accused him of unsafe working practices and a very stressful working environment. That was the final straw for both of us.
We now intend to take legal action to fight these allegations and injustices - and that's what our Crowdfund's for.
We have been entirely committed to the Pier and maintain our heavily evinced love of the Pier and all who sail in her.
Any surplus or unused funds will go towards ensuring the Pier's future.