Government needs to get tougher with the minimum wage cheats, says UNISON

Commenting today (Monday) on the government’s new advertising campaign to raise awareness of the minimum wage among low-paid workers, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“The minimum wage was introduced nearly two decades ago but still there are employers who think they’re above the law.

“Rather than spend money on expensive PR campaigns, the government should be forcing cheating employers to make it clear to employees how their pay is calculated. It’s too easy for unscrupulous bosses to mask wage theft through complicated and opaque pay slips.

“It’s also not right to put the onus on employees. Many will be nervous about querying their pay for fear of having their hours reduced or worse still getting the sack. Ministers must stop letting bad bosses off the hook.”

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