Government crackdown on bad payers
Football clubs listed for not paying minimum wage
Red carded on pay: Motherwell FC on ‘name and shame list’ (photo by SNS Group)
Three Scottish football clubs are among the latest on a “name and shame” list of companies who have failed to pay their employees the minimum wage.
Motherwell, Greenock Morton and Falkirk football clubs are among 28 businesses on a list of 260 across the UK who are being forced to repay unpaid wages.
The UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said 16,000 workers were denied at least minimum wage rates.
Investigators identified £1.7 million in back pay for some of the UK’s lowest paid workers and fined employers £1.3m for underpayment.
In Scotland, 92 Scottish workers will be refunded £116,697 refunded.
Among the big UK offenders were Sports Direct, ordered to pay £1.1 million to 4,000 of its own staff and two agencies, and Primark which repaid £231,973.12 mainly due to charging staff for uniforms.
Motherwell said the failure to £2,755.34 to 12 workers was due to an administrative error.
Retail, hairdressing and hospitality businesses were among the most prolific offenders in this round. Common reasons for errors made include: failing to pay workers travelling between jobs, deducting money from pay for uniforms and not paying for overtime.
UK Business Minister Margot James said: “There is no excuse for not paying staff the wages they’re entitled to and the government will come down hard on businesses that break the rules.
“That’s why today we are naming hundreds of employers who have been short changing their workers; and to ensure there are consequences for their wallets as well as their reputation, we’ve levied millions in back pay and fines.”
UK Government Minister for Scotland Lord Duncan said: “We simply will not stand by while companies diddle workers out of their pay. Particularly at this time of year, every pound in workers’ pockets counts.
“The UK Government’s National Living Wage was established to ensure that everyone, everywhere, receives a decent income. It is unacceptable that some companies in Scotland still think they can get away with underpaying their staff. The UK Government will not stand for it, and will continue to ‘name and shame ‘ until all workers are properly paid.”
Bryan Sanderson, chairman of the Low Pay Commission, said: “The risk of being named is encouraging businesses to focus on compliance.
“Further, it is good to see that HMRC continues to target large employers who have underpaid a large number of workers, as well as cases involving only a few workers, where workers are at risk of the most serious exploitation. It is imperative that the government keeps up the pressure on all employers who commit breaches of minimum wage law.”
Since 2013, the scheme has identified £8m in back pay for 58,000 workers, with 1,500 employers fined a total of £5m. This year the government will spend a record £25.3m on minimum wage enforcement.
The 28 Scottish firms are:
Motherwell FC, failed to pay £2,755.34 to 12 workers.
Greenock Morton FC, failed to pay £2,382.46 to 6 workers.
Falkirk Football FC, failed to pay £494.51 to 1 worker.
Edward Mackay Contractor, failed to pay £51,403.65 to 4 workers.
D MacGillivray & Co, Na h-Eileanan Siar, failed to pay £11,656.93 to 11 workers.
Global Voices, Stirling, failed to pay £8,026.13 to 4 workers.
Crook & Crook, Highland, failed to pay £5,726.77 to 2 workers.
Northumberland Hotel, Edinburgh, failed to pay £4,685.39 to 2 workers.
Salon Syndicate, trading as Shapes, Edinburgh, failed to pay £4,111.12 to 4 workers.
Mrs Rena Muir trading as TRC Hair Design, Renfrewshire, failed to pay £3,315.07 to 1 worker.
Mr Dhimiter Arkelaos trading as Handy Andy Car Wash, Renfrewshire, failed to pay £2,852.76 to 2 workers.
G3rry, trading as Hughes Chemist, Glasgow, failed to pay £2,423.74 to 2 workers.
The Holiday and Flight Centre, South Lanarkshire, failed to pay £2,242.08 to 1 worker.
Moorlands Travel (Kelty), Fife, failed to pay £2,110.8 to 2 workers.
Annandale Bed and Bath Service, Dumfries and Galloway, failed to pay £1,803.22 to 3 workers.
Influence Conditioned Air, Glasgow, failed to pay £1,551.32 to 1 worker.
Hillfoot Homes, Clackmannanshire, failed to pay £1,439.36 to 2 workers.
Mrs Therese McMonagle trading as Teri’s Hair Salon, South Ayrshire, failed to pay £1,408.92 to 2 workers.
BM&AA Soluction, trading as A & K Hair Design, Edinburgh, failed to pay £1,172.83 to 1 worker.
Philosophi, Glasgow, failed to pay £1,012.49 to 1 worker.
B & E Travel, trading as Barrhead Travel, Fife, failed to pay £994.56 to 1 worker.
May’s @ The Hollybush, trading as The Hollybush Inn, East Ayrshire, failed to pay £935.81 to 1 worker.
Arran Brew, North Ayrshire, failed to pay £872.77 to 2 workers.
Mrs Lynne McCullough trading as Lynne Capelli Salon, West Dunbartonshire, failed to pay £620.65 to 3 workers.
G.S. Associates (Scotland), Renfrewshire, failed to pay £241.20 to 1 worker.
The Nail and Beauty Zone, Edinburgh, failed to pay £170.59 to 4 workers.
S.W. Enviro, West Lothian, failed to pay £146.43 to 2 workers.
Irqa Spicy Food, trading as Nosheen Tandoori, Aberdeenshire, failed to pay £140.07 to 4 workers.