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Naming and shaming is the first step towards enforcing the minimum wage, says TUC

Responding to the ‘naming and shaming’ today (Thursday) by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills of 75 employers who have failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Naming and shaming cheating employers is a move in the right direction by the government. But with hundreds of employers being caught underpaying each year, naming and shaming is just the first step.

“There needs to be more prosecutions and the maximum fine should be increased to £75,000 – so that repeat offenders and those who commit aggravated offences, like keeping false records, feel the full weight of the law bearing down on them. While the modest increases in resources for enforcing the minimum wage are welcome, the government still needs to pick up the pace.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

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Media enquiries:

Clare Santry  T: 020 7467 1372  M: 07717 531150  E: csantry@tuc.org.uk
Tim Nichols  T: 020 7467 1388  M: 07808 761844  E: tnichols@tuc.org.uk
Elly Gibson (Mon to Wed)  T: 020 7467 1337  M: 07900 910624  E: egibson@tuc.org.uk

 

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