Rogue employers forced to pay back unpaid wages

Rogue employers forced to pay back unpaid wages

16 August 2017

Poverty wage employers in Scotland have been forced to pay out more than £37,000 to Scotland’s lowest paid workers following the publication of the HMRC’s latest minimum wage report. Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty calls the list of rogue employers a “Dickensian disgrace” and urges the low paid to join his union.

On the list of 19 employers in Scotland who last year had to pay back more than £37,000 to meet their minimum wage obligations to more than 100 mainly young workers Pat Rafferty said: “Day after day Scotland is blighted by employers determined to avoid their legal responsibilities and force their workers to accept poverty wages. Today’s list of shame is only the tip of the iceberg of what’s going on. The question is what is to be done about this Dickensian disgrace? There’s only one answer - join a trade union.”

On the figures showing 10 firms out of the 19 on the list of shame being hairdressers, Pat Rafferty said: “It seems that a host of hairdressing firms in Scotland are run by modern day Mr and Mrs Micawbers. The people who work for them are being forced to take an illegal wages’ haircut to boost their employers’ profits. Unite Scotland is campaigning today to get these workers to fight this disgrace by joining a trade union. That is the only way to take on this modern day slavery.”


Notes to editors

  • Unite Scotland supports the ‘Better than Zero’ campaign against zero hours contracts and is currently creating a special union campaign to recruit young workers affected by zero hours and others faced with poverty wages in the hospitality industry.

The Scottish ‘list of shame’

1. The Fish and Chip Ship Limited trading as McMonagles, West Dunbartonshire G81, failed to pay £4,900.15 to 9 workers.

2. DSL Accident Repair Ltd, City of Edinburgh EH14, failed to pay £4,896.43 to 3 workers.

3. Rainbow Room (Clarkston) Limited (name changed to JPTO Ltd), East Renfrewshire G76, failed to pay £4,532.94 to 21 workers.

4. Francis John Hairdressing Ltd trading as Francis John Hairdressing, South Ayrshire KA7, failed to pay £4,129.40 to 2 workers.

5. Braehead Foods Limited, East Ayrshire KA2, failed to pay £3,434.39 to 28 workers.

6. Nomi Enterprises Limited, North Ayrshire KA12, failed to pay £2,047.16 to 2 workers.

7. Mr William Holleran and Mr Iain Holleran trading as Wm Holleran & Sons, Falkirk FK2, failed to pay £1,908.22 to 2 workers.

8. James Hughes Hair Ltd, Glasgow City G4, failed to pay £1,567.94 to 2 workers.

9. Katie Stevenson trading as The Kilmarnock Hair Company, East Ayrshire KA1, failed to pay £1,479.03 to 1 worker.

10. Stephen Rodgers trading as The Kilmarnock Hair Company, East Ayrshire KA1, failed to pay £1,420.68 to 1 worker.

11. Mr Keith Pollock and Mrs Aaltjemary Pollock trading as Mosko Hairdressing (Previous owner), North Lanarkshire ML2, failed to pay £1,335.63 to 8 workers.

12. Mr Derek Mitchelson and Mrs Jacqueline Mitchelson trading as Hair Oassis, North Lanarkshire G67, failed to pay £1,216.93 to 1 worker.

13. Diamond Valeting Centre & Car Wash Ltd, Renfrewshire PA1, failed to pay £1,045.20 to 2 workers.

14. Mrs Sylvia Moffat trading as Sam's Hairdressing, Midlothian EH22, failed to pay £343 to 1 worker.

15. William Armour and Matthew Armour W & J Armour trading as Milton Farm, Dumfries and Galloway DG10, failed to pay £308.57 to 1 worker.

16. Mr Euan Morrison trading as the Harbour Basrbers Inverclyde PA15 failed to pay £300 to 1 worker

17. The Krop Shop Limited, Falkirk FK4, failed to pay £208.68 to 2 workers

18. The Cutting Room (Scotland) Limited trading as The Cutting Room, Perth and Kinross PH2, failed to pay £148.49 to 2 workers.

19. Hugo 1940 Limited trading as Victor Hugo Delicatessen (Previous owner), City of Edinburgh EH9, failed to pay £109.46 to 1 worker.

The current minimum wage rates are: 

  • o National Living Wage (25 years and over) - £7.50 per hour
  • o adult rate of National Minimum Wage (21 to 24-year-olds) - £7.05 per hour
  • o 18 to 20-year olds - £5.60 per hour
  • o 16 to 17-year-olds - £4.05 per hour
  • apprentice ra ote - £3.50 per hour for apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in the first year of an apprenticeship.

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