Portsmouth employee claims colleagues did not stop for Armistice Day silence

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A worker at a Portsmouth company has claimed his colleagues and manager did not stop to observe today’s two-minute silence for Armistice Day.

The employee from VolkerStevin - a civil engineering company which is building the jetty at the Historic Dockyard - said staff at the company, of which there about 100, did not observe the silence at 11am today.

The worker, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: ‘It’s an absolute disgrace. It’s part of our culture and should be respected.

‘They just carried on working. I’m appalled that it has not been honoured.’

A spokeswoman for VolkerWessels UK - VolkerStevin’s parent company - said: ‘VolkerWessels UK fully supports the Armistice Day two-minute silence and actively encourages all of its 3000 employees across the group to participate.

‘Unfortunately in this instance one of our operatives/suppliers was not notified at the start of the two minute silence.

‘We apologise for any upset this may have caused.’