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Naming And Shaming Not Enough

Friday, December 8, 2017

 

NAMING AND SHAMING MINIMUM WAGE DODGERS POOR SUBSTITUTE FOR PROSECUTION SAYS GMB

It’s impossible to feed and clothe your family and put a roof over their head on the minimum wage, without fat cat bosses trying to scam you out the pay you’ve worked hard for.

It’s almost impossible to feed and clothe your family and put a roof over their head on the minimum wage, without fat cat bosses trying to scam you out the pay you’ve worked your fingers to the bone for

GMB, the UK’s general union, says the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s approach to naming and shaming minimum wage dodging employers is a poor substitute for prosecution.

The BEIS today revealed a list of 260 business paying 16,000 staff below the minimum wage. [1]

The guilty companies will now have to pay back a total of £3million in underpaid wages and fines.

But no criminal prosecutions have been initiated against employers since the Government began its naming and shaming policy - meaning the minimum wage dodging will continue.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said:

“These companies rake in millions of pounds in profit yet seemingly think it’s ok to cheat workers who are already paid a pittance out of the wages they are legally entitled to. It absolutely stinks.

“It’s impossible to feed and clothe your family and put a roof over their head on the minimum wage, without fat cat bosses trying to scam you out the pay you’ve worked hard for.

“Don’t get me wrong – of course it’s a good thing these companies are being forced to pay workers, and that they're publicly being named and shamed - but it's clearly not a deterrent.

“If companies think they can make some extra cash with no real sanction, we've seen today that it's exactly what they'll do.

“The Government should get serious and prosecute employers who rob working people of what they're owed, otherwise this will happen time and time again."

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors

[1] For embargoed BEIS press release contact 020 7215 1000

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