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Tango takes a fast dip

NATIONAL security operator Group 4 Securitas has moved to pick up the clients of the collapsed Tango Security Services.

Tango went into receivership last week. Excessive discounting is understood to have been the cause of its demise.

Industry sources confirmed Tango had been offering security services at considerably discounted rates.

Group 4 general manager Rod Anderson said his company had been “proactively chasing” Tango’s clients.

“We’ve also taken on some of Tango’s staff,” he said.

There had been suggestions Tango’s sole director, Gerard Martinet, had also received work from Group 4 – a claim Mr Anderson strenuously denied.

WA Business News has been unable to contact Mr Martinet for comment.

PPB Ashton Read partner Clifford Rocke said his firm had been appointed receivers of Tango’s book debt and plant and equipment.

About 150 former Tango employees, who claim they are owed wages by the company, had a meeting with the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union on Monday. The union is taking action to recover the workers’ missing entitlements.

Tango also had links to another financially troubled WA security firm, New Breed Security.

Senior Tango employees Stephen Gardiner and Eddy Natale were involved with the now defunct New Breed Security. Mr Natale said he had left Tango three months ago and that Mr Gardiner had left “years ago”.

Two of the companies in the New Breed Security group, run by former Legislative Council leader Clive Griffiths’ grandson Justin Podmore, were wound up by the Supreme Court after the Australian Tax Office served writs totalling more than $537,000.

The ATO had been seeking unpaid group tax.

– Noel Dyson

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