TUC says list of 115 employers is only the tip of the iceberg

AccessorizeThe list of 115 employers who have failed to pay 1,700 workers the National Minimum Wage is only the tip of the iceberg, the TUC has warned.

The government today published a list of firms – headed by Monsoon Accessorize – that between them owed workers more than £389,000.

The TUC estimates at least 250,000 workers were being denied their legal pay, and that only a quarter of offenders are being caught.

General secretary Frances O’Grady said:  “It’s good to see the government is naming and shaming more companies who pay their employees less than the minimum wage. However, today’s list of offenders is only the tip of the iceberg. Many more employers are getting away with illegal underpayment.

“I am particularly saddened to see Monsoon Accessorize acting in breach of the law. A large firm with thousands of employees has no excuse for not having proper systems in place to ensure staff get their legal wages.

“The government must continue to increase enforcement of the minimum wage, and ensure that all workers get what they are owed. Bosses who try to duck the minimum wage should have nowhere to hide.

“For employees the message is clear: strong unions in every workplace are necessary to stop these abuses.”

 


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