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'Naming and Shaming' Bad Bosses Not Good Enough

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Forcing bad bosses to cough up wages they are legally required to pay lets them off the hook.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today revealed they had named and shamed 350 business paying 15,000 staff below the minimum wage. [1]

The guilty companies will now have to pay back underpaid staff and face fines.

But the Government has confirmed that no criminal prosecutions have been initiated against employers since the government began its naming and shaming policy [2].

GMB says it’s time to crack down on these rogue bosses.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said:

“Employers who don't pay the minimum wage are breaking the law, yet since the Government’s naming and shaming policy was introduced there has not been one criminal prosecution.

"Making companies pay wages they were legally required to pay in the first place as some sort of punishment makes a mockery of the system. It's simple, employers should pay what they're legally required to - which let’s face it, is a bare minimum few people can live on to start with - or face the full force of the law.

"If bad employers know they can enhance their bottom lines by not paying even the bare minimum wage, they will. Saying they only have to cough up once they get caught - or maybe face a small fine - isn't a disincentive - the government needs to get serious and stop fiddling around the edges.”


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Notes to editors

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

[2] Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 3 January 2017

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