Business Minister Jo Swinson has today named another 37 employers failing to pay National Minimum Wage. This is in addition to a previous naming of 55 employers since October 2013.
These employers owe their employees £177,000 in wages and have been fined just over £51,000. Hardly a deterrent. The TUC claims 250,000 workers are paid less than the minimum wage.
Of particular interest is the lack of prosecution of employers flouting the National Minimum Wage. The National Minimum Wage Act 1998 came into force on 1st April 1999 – approximately 15 years ago. There has been enough time for employers to realise this wasn’t an April Fools prank.
Today, the National Minimum Wage is circumvented by workfare, unpaid internships and bogus apprenticeships paying a heavily reduced NMW rate. Something Ipswich Unemployed Action and many other groups are highlighting for many years.
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