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The TUC says companies that underpaid minimum wage staff are "cheating low-paid workers" and called on the government to allocate greater resources to catch more "minimum wage crooks".
It is shocking that so many employers – including some who pay their star players millions of pounds a year – are cheating low-paid workers out of the minimum wage.
The penalties won by HMRC – which the government has rightly decided should be even bigger – should be a clear deterrent to any bad boss thinking about short changing their staff. We also need to see more of these immoral companies named and shamed.
HMRC staff deserve credit for winning back millions of pounds for cheated employees but they need greater resources to catch the many minimum wage crooks still out there.”
Failing to pay staff the national minimum wage "is immoral and illegal" and employers caught deserve to "have their reputation ruined", the Trade Union Congress general secretary said.
It's great that minimum wage crooks are finally getting named and shamed.
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.
A total of 25 employers have been "named and shamed" by the Government for failing to pay the minimum wage. Here is a list of the employers.Read the full story ›
Employers paying under the minimum wage "will face tough consequences", Business Minister Jenny Willot 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 has "named and shamed" employers who failed to pay their staff the national minimum wage as part of a new crackdown.
A hire company, hotel, hairdressers and retail outlet were among the 25 employers named.
Between them, they owe workers more than £43,000 in arrears, and face fines totalling over £21,000.
It is the biggest number of employers publicly named since a new regime was announced last year.
The Government also plans to increase fines, so that an employer underpaying 10 workers could face penalties of up to £200,000.
Former Lloyds TSB boss Sir Victor Blank told ITV News the 19p increase to the minimum wage is a "small step but very positive."
He said: "[It's] terrific that it's gone up and so it should. One of the biggest problems I think we have is the growing division between the levels of pay of senior executives and the average level of pay.
"If you look at the figures over the last 15 years, they've just grown apart massively and I think it's quite worrisome and I think it's quite wrong."
The minimum wage will rise by 19p to £6.50 per hour from 1 October 2014, the government has announced.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “The recommendations I have accepted today mean that low-paid workers will enjoy the biggest cash increase in their take home pay since 2008.
"This will benefit over one million workers on national minimum wage and marks the start of a welcome new phase in minimum wage policy."
The minimum wage for those aged between 18-20 years old will increase to £5.13 per hour, while those aged either 16 or 17 will receive £3.79.
Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has criticised government minimum wage proposals, dismissing them as "empty rhetoric".
Mr Umunna said: "This announcement exposes the comments George Osborne made just weeks ago about a £7 minimum wage as misleading and empty rhetoric.
"Labour said last year that we need to see above-inflation rises in the minimum wage to restore the value lost over recent years. That's why we welcome the Low Pay Commission's announcement and have committed to strengthening the minimum wage so that its value is properly restored."
Union leader Frances O'Grady has welcomed the Low Pay Commission's proposals to increase the minimum wage but expressed hopes it is not a pre-election stunt.
TUC General Secretary O'Grady said: "This is a welcome increase in the minimum wage, which starts to recover some of the ground it has lost since 2008.
"We hope this is the first in a series of bolder increases that will give real help to the low paid, and not just a pre-election boost."
The Low Pay Commission has recommended a 3% rise in the minimum wage to £6.50 from October.
Treasury analysis has suggested that increasing the National Minimum Wage to £7 by 2015-16 would only have a minor impact on unemployment.