The TUC has yesterday (Thursday) welcomed the news that over 26,000 workers denied the national minimum wage by their employers have received a £4m windfall, after action by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: ‘These investigations show why more resources must be put into catching minimum wage cheats.
‘As well as handing out fines, the government must publicly name and shame all those rogue employers who knowingly underpay their staff.
‘Nearly a million UK workers rely on the national minimum wage, which has become a vital lifeline. There must be no hiding places for companies who flout it.
‘The action taken by HMRC is a welcome step but must be the beginning of a concerted campaign that also raises awareness about the right to a legal wage among those being exploited.’