Commenting on the 360 employers named and shamed today (Wednesday) by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for failing to pay the national minimum wage, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“This list fails to shame the larger care firms who are equally guilty of denying staff a fair wage. Those in the spotlight today are just the tip of the iceberg.
“HM Revenue & Customs needs to get much tougher with more inspections to identify scrooge employers.
“When a care firm breaks wage laws, the chances are it’s likely to cheating more than just a handful of its workers. Pay records must be checked thoroughly so all employees get the money they are owed.
“The government must insist that bosses stop duping staff with bafflingly complex payslips. Care companies must show workers how their pay is calculated and prove that at the very least they’re earning a legal wage.”