The government’s list of shame, detailing almost 200 employers who have failed to pay the national minimum wage, is just the tip of the iceberg Britain’s largest union Unite warned today (Thursday 11 August 2016).
Brighton and Hove Albion and Blackpool FC were among those publicly named for not paying the legal minimum rate along with hairdressers, employment agencies, hotels and care homes.
Steve Turner Unite assistant general secretary said: “This list of shame is an awful reflection of a desire by employers to scam workers which seems to be becoming part and parcel of modern day Britain.
“From household names to football clubs it appears some employers know no shame and will go to extraordinary lengths to short change workers and dodge paying the minimum wage.
“As the world of work has become more insecure and more exploitative, it is likely this list of shame is just the tip of the iceberg with workers too afraid to speak out for fear of losing their jobs.
“The naming and shaming of employers by the government will not deter rogue employers from picking the pockets of workers, nor will it protect good employers from being tarnished with the same brush.
“As Unite has demonstrated time and again the best protection against being ripped-off at work is to join a trade union. The government and business must go further too and work with trade unions to halt the spiralling exploitation of workers in certain parts of the economy by introducing industry-wide minimum standards to bolster the minimum wage.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.