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Government dynamic to tackle poor wages

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The government has announced a New Year’s assault on employers refusing to recognise minimum wage standards with the creation of a “dynamic response team”.

Employees spurned by Scrooge-like bosses will be able to launch direct complaints through the team, which will be manned by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) staff. They will service the most high-profile of cases, in particular those in which employers are undercutting statutory rates by using migrant workers.

Currently, the adult minimum wage is £5.80 an hour, £4.83 for those aged 18-21; and £3.57 for 16 to 17-year-olds. Since April, HMRC has helped approximately 14,000 workers re-coup £3.5 million of wage arrears, including more than £640,000 in the hospitality sector which is renowned for low levels of pay.

A £70 million Government fund will be used to finance the dynamic initiative, and Business Minister, Pat McFadden, believes employees should raise as much alarm as possible when dealing with penny pinching bosses.

“Evasion hurts both workers and responsible employers who play by the rules, so we are stepping up our fight against non payment of the minimum wage,” added Mr McFadden.

Employees who feel they are not getting an adequate cheque at the end of the working month have been encouraged to contact their local solicitors and the HMRC to discuss any problems.

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Written by Andrew Hodges

January 18, 2010 at 9:56 pm

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