Bosses who fail to pay should ‘face the courts’ : Morning Star.

THE Scottish TUC called on the government yesterday to take legal action against employers after more than a dozen Scottish firms were named for failing to pay the minimum wage.

Sixteen Scottish companies owed 125 workers a staggering £29,611, according to figures released by the British government.

The worst offender was social care firm Crossroads Caring Scotland, which failed to pay a total of £17,685 to 40 staff.

Hospitality, retail and hairdressing companies featured heavily on the list, with Peacock Stores in Dumfries and Galloway owing 42 workers £2,256.

STUC assistant secretary Ian Tasker said it was “deeply concerning that many employers ignore their obligations.”

He called for care workers to be paid a living wage and urged Crossroads Caring Scotland “to deliver pay that lifts workers out of poverty and not increase financial worries.”

Mr Tasker also suggested that the government should prosecute companies that fail to pay, not just name and shame them.

Union Unite went one further, demanding that bosses should be jailed for not paying their staff the minimum wage.

“The fact that the government has mounted only 13 prosecutions for non-compliance since 2007 is pathetic,” said Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner.

“In America, bad bosses are jailed and heavily fined for ‘wage theft’ which is what this is, exploiting workers in such a shameful fashion.”

Across Britain, more than 350 companies were named and shamed for failing to pay the minimum or living wage.

More than 15,500 workers affected received back pay following the government’s probe.

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  1. Scots care charity named and shamed for not paying minimum wage
    A leading Scottish care charity has been exposed for not paying the minimum wage.

    Crossroads Caring Scotland, which describes itself as “one of the country’s leading providers of support for carers and their families” was one of 16 in Scotland named and shamed by the UK government for failing to pay the national minimum wage last year.

    The 35-year-old charity which helps people live independently at home, was found to have underpaid 40 workers a total of £17,685.38 at its Alloa service.

    A spokeswoman for Crossroads Caring Scotland said: “The incident referred to occurred more than 16 months ago and was the results of an oversight relating to travel time.

    Read more at http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/scots-care-charity-named-and-shamed-for-not-paying-minimum-wage#MT1ZrlZYohdBMcrR.99

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