The naming and shaming of five employers who breached minimum wage laws is a good start say the Solidarity Union.
Five employers from Macclesfield, Manchester, Edinburgh, Middlesbrough and Carmarthen "neglected" to pay workers sums ranging from £225 to £1,700.
- Peter Oakes of Peter Oakes Ltd, Macclesfield, neglected to pay £3,619.70 to two workers.
- Lisa Maria Cathcart of Salon Sienna, Manchester, failed to pay a worker £1,760.48.
- Mohammed Yamin of Minto Guest House, Edinburgh, "missed" a worker's £808.56.
- Anne Henderson of Chambers Hairdressers, Middlesbrough, did not pay £452.22 to a worker.
- And Ruzi Ruzyyev, a car-wash operator in Carmarthen, left £225.38 unpaid.
Speaking yesterday Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal. If employers break the law they need to know that they will face tough consequences.
"We know that people are put off using a business service if it is found guilty of not paying its workers the minimum wage. This is a clear warning to employers: you will damage your reputation and face a stiff penalty if you don't pay the minimum wage."
And he added: "If anyone suspects they are not being paid the wage they are legally entitled to they should call the pay and work rights helpline."
Pat Harrington, General Secretary of the Solidarity Union, said:
"I want to see more of those who underpay British workers named and shamed. It concerns me that all of the dodgers so far are small businesses. I want to see the Government go for the big fish too. The big offenders must be made to pay and their crimes must be made public too. The government must expose many more dishonest employers in the coming months."
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