Kwik Save is expected to appear in court today (Friday) as its management continue to put together a rescue package to secure the future of the troubled discount retailer.

The retailer appeared in court yesterday asking for another week to put together a refinancing package, but the case was adjourned until this afternoon.

However, shopworkers union Usdaw claims the court told Kwik Save it would have to ask staff if they were prepared to work unpaid for another week to avoid the company going into administration.

Staff still working in stores had not been paid for two weeks while those made redundant are yet to receive payment, Usdaw said.

“Usdaw had hoped that our members would finally have an end to weeks of uncertainty and the decision to ask them whether they would work unpaid for another week puts them in a very difficult situation,” said Usdaw national officer Joanne McGuinness.

“We have told Kwik Save that if staff agree to do work unpaid then they should be allowed to apply to the company for short-term loans so they can at least put food on the table for their families.”