Rights of work­ers must be pro­tected

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - Paddy Lil­lis Gen­eral sec­re­tary Us­daw

NOW is not the time to weaken the pro­tec­tions that low-paid work­ers rely on. In re­cent years we have seen em­ploy­ers at­tempt to avoid pay­ing the Na­tional Min­i­mum Wage through clas­si­fy­ing cus­tomer tips as wages or ask­ing per­spec­tive em­ploy­ees to work un­paid ‘trial shifts’.

Com­pa­nies can avoid ‘tech­ni­cal breaches’ of the min­i­mum wage reg­u­la­tions by pay­ing com­fort­ably above the le­gal min­i­mum rates.

That is a so­lu­tion that re­quires no change to the rules.

Those busi­nesses that pay on or near min­i­mum pay do put them­selves at risk of pros­e­cu­tion.

Where com­pa­nies of­fer sav­ing schemes, or sim­i­lar ar­range­ments for the ben­e­fit of em­ploy­ees, Us­daw has pre­vi­ously called on the Gov­ern­ment to pro­vide in­cen­tives to em­ploy­ers to en­sure that low-paid work­ers do not miss out.

So we would like to see changes to achieve that, but this must not be­come an op­por­tu­nity to water down im­por­tant rights that help pro­tect some of the most vul­ner­a­ble work­ers.

We would wel­come a mean­ing­ful dia­logue with the Gov­ern­ment to en­sure fair­ness in any changes they pro­pose.

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