GMB call for union role following list of underpaying employers in Dorset and Wiltshire
GMB Call for Union role as four employers in Dorset and Wiltshire are named and shamed for underpaying minimum wage workers. “Non-compliance with the terms of the national minimum wage as well as the national living wage is more widespread than people think," say GMB Southern.
GMB have called for a union role in reporting underpayment following the naming and shaming of four underpaying employers in the Dorset and Wiltshire area. A press release from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has listed 179 employers across the UK that have underpaid thousands of minimum wage workers. [See notes to editors for copy of BEIS release]
The employers have been found underpaying 9,200 workers over £1.1 million. The companies found guilty of underpaying have been fined £1.3 million on top of the full backpay. The report from BEIS comes before the minimum wage rates rise on 1 April from £7.50 to £7.83 per hour.
Companies named and shamed whose trading address is in the Dorset and Wiltshire area include; Summer Lodge Management Limited, trading as Summer Lodge Country House Hotel Restaurant & Spa, who failed to pay £6,168.48 to 24 workers; Days Poole Limited, trading as Day's Restaurant, which failed to pay £1,001.34 to 19 workers; Neath Road Car Sales & Car Wash Ltd, who failed to pay £348.69 to 5 workers; and Tsang's Kitchen Ltd, who failed to pay £221.1 to 1 worker.
Paul Maloney, GMB Southern Regional Secretary said: "Non-compliance with the terms of the national minimum wage as well as the national living wage is more widespread than people think as these results for employers named and shamed show.
"GMB has persistently called for unions to be given the right to be able to report cases of underpayment to HMRC so that workers can remain out of the limelight and therefore reduce the risks of exposing themselves to threats of retaliation.
"So far this call has fallen on deaf ears. GMB will continue to press for this change."
Contact: Michelle Gordon 07866 369 259 or GMB Press Office 07970 114 762
Notes to Editors
Press release from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (9 March 2018)