Issue date
24 Feb 2015

24 February 2015

Commenting on the naming and shaming today (Tuesday) by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills of 70 employers who have cheated staff out of the minimum wage, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“We welcome today’s list and encourage the government to make public the hundreds of other minimum wage cheats they know about as soon as possible. If we want to stamp out this criminal behaviour then all employers who under-pay their staff must be publicly named and shamed.

“We need more prosecutions and higher fines. Cheating bosses who fleece their workers out of their hard earned pay must end up in court.

“And there are still lots of under-paying employers who are getting away with it. More inspectors are needed so we can make sure that every single minimum wage cheat is caught.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

- The TUC is organising Fair Pay Fortnight 2015 between Monday 16 February and Sunday 1 March. The Fortnight is part of the TUC’s Britain Needs a Pay Rise campaign and will feature a series of events across England and Wales to raise awareness about low pay, pay inequality and the need for higher pay settlements in the public and private sector. For more information please visit www.fairpayfortnight.org

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