United Kingdom - Unpaid wages – features and prevalence - June 30, 2017

An interim report from the Unpaid Britain project at the Middlesex University London, entitled The Weighted Scales of Economic Justice, reveals that employers withhold £1.2 billion in wages and £1.5 billion in holiday pay from workers every year. The researchers also found that there were 23,000 occasions on which unpaid or delayed wage payments made workers were left without food. Some types of unpaid wages occur repeatedly (‘little and often’), including failures to provide holiday pay, unpaid hours of work and unauthorised deductions. Sectors most likely to abuse workers (including failing to pay wages) are identified as ‘sports activities, amusement and recreation’; ‘food and beverage services’; ‘other personal services’; ‘employment activities’; ‘accommodation’, to which, based on other London related considerations, are added ‘arts and entertainment’; and ‘construction’.

English: http://www.mdx.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf …  

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