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New Taskforce Must Stamp Out Exploitation

Thursday, January 5, 2017


Naming and shaming companies not enough and bad bosses must be prosecuted, according to union.

The formation of a new Government taskforce to tackle exploitation has been welcomed by GMB.

Sir David Metcalf has today been named as the first director of labour market enforcement.

The body is designed to stamp out exploitative practices and enforce the national minimum wage.

But naming and shaming bad bosses isn’t enough according to GMB after just three employers were prosecuted out of 700 found to have broken the law regarding wages during past 30 months.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary:  

“Sir David’s appointment must herald a long overdue move to step up the fight against worker exploitation in the UK in 2017.

“Not a week goes by without new stories of workers in UK industries being exposed to shameful working conditions.

"GMB members from all backgrounds need to know they will be protected from unscrupulous employers and working practices that are quite simply unacceptable in this day and age."

“Just three employers have been prosecuted for paying workers below the minimum wage despite HMRC finding 700 who have broken the law in the past two and a half years.

“Naming and shaming is not enough - we need see a crackdown on those employers who are breaking the law.

"We need rights at work fit for the Twenty First Century - and to see them properly enforced - which is why trade union workplace reps are so valuable.”


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