Twenty-five employers who failed to pay their staff the national minimum wage have been “named and shamed” by the Government.
It is the biggest number of employers publicly named since a new crackdown was announced last year.
Between them, they owe workers more than 43,000 in arrears, and face fines of over 21,000.
The minimum wage is currently set at 6.31 an hour.
Business Minister Jenny Willott said: “Paying less than the minimum wage is not only wrong, it’s illegal. If employers break the law they need to know that they will face tough consequences.
“Any worker who is entitled to the minimum wage should receive it. If anyone suspects they are not being paid the wage they are legally entitled to they should call the Pay and Work Rights helpline on 0800 917 2368.”
The Government also plans to increase fines, so that an employer underpaying 10 workers could face fines of up to 200,000.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Under-paying your lowest paid staff is immoral and illegal. Employers caught in the act deserve to be fined and have their reputation ruined.
“This should send a clear message that dodging the minimum wage does not pay. All minimum wage cheats should be named and shamed, and HMRC need greater resources to catch even more crooks.”
The 25 employers are as follows:
:: Christine Cadden and Nicola Banks of Renaissance, Wirral, neglected to pay 7,310.65 to three workers.
:: Alan King and John King of Arthur Simpson & Co, Bradford, neglected to pay 6,426.12 to a worker.
:: Central Heating Services Ltd, Hampshire, neglected to pay 6,200.28 to four workers.
:: Cargilfield School Ltd, Edinburgh, neglected to pay 3,739.58 to a worker.
:: A2ZEE Construction Ltd, Cramlington, neglected to pay 3,375.51 to 14 workers.
:: Mr and Mrs Balasco of Eugenio, Bristol, neglected to pay 3,037.53 to two workers.
:: Mr and Mrs Hampton of The Wheatsheaf Inn, Cheshire, neglected to pay 2,057.88 to five workers.
:: Steven Stainton of Steven Stainton Joinery, Cumbria, neglected to pay 1,415.82 to a worker.
:: Runbaro Ltd, Swindon, neglected to pay 1,413.88 to a worker.
:: Satwinder Singh Khatter and Tejinder Singh Khatter of The Bath Hotel, Reading, neglected to pay 1,237.79 to two workers.
:: Richard Last of Classic Carpentry, Godalming, neglected to pay 1,236.72 to a worker.
:: We are Mop! Ltd, London, neglected to pay 1,018.05 to two workers.
:: Mrs Sue English of Legends Hairdressers, Colchester, neglected to pay 823.40 to a worker.
:: Saftdwin Ltd, Hampshire, neglected to pay 806.37 to two workers.
:: Master Distribution Ltd, Essex, neglected to pay 718.62 to a worker.
:: Perth Hotels Ltd, Perth, neglected to pay 556.80 to a worker.
:: Bryants Nurseries Ltd, Hertfordshire, neglected to pay 494.07 to a worker.
:: Dove Mill Retail Outlet Ltd, Bolton, neglected to pay 461.84 to a worker.
:: Luigi’s Little Italy Ltd, Yorkshire, neglected to pay 281.04 to five workers.
:: CPS SW Ltd, Exmouth, neglected to pay 261.29 to a worker.
:: Mr Gary Calder, Mr Richard Calder and Mr Neil Calder of Avenue Agricultural, Northamptonshire, neglected to pay 256.55 to a worker.
:: Dakal Ltd, Northampton, neglected to pay 252.00 to two workers.
:: Zoom Ltd, Havant, neglected to pay 242.28 to three workers.
:: HSS Hire Service Group Ltd, Manchester, neglected to pay 149.00 to 15 workers.
:: Sun Shack Ltd, Hamilton, neglected to pay 134.35 to eight workers.
8 June 2014 | 2:09 am – Source: orange.co.uk