Meat businesses ‘named and shamed’ for not paying fairly

Two meat-related businesses have been named and shamed on the largest-ever list of businesses that have failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage. 

Almost 200 businesses are on the overall list, published by The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Omega Proteins Ltd, Halifax, owed £8,977.51 to five workers while Mr Moo’s Family Butchers Ltd, Billingham, Cleveland, owed £7,371.25 to four workers.

The 198 cases named were thoroughly investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and employers have 28 days to appeal to HMRC.

Since the scheme was introduced in October 2013, 688 employers have been named and shamed, with total arrears of more than £3.5 million.

Business Minister Margot James said: “This government is determined to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few.

“That means making sure everyone gets paid the wages they are owed – including our new, higher, National Living Wage. It is not acceptable that some employers fail to pay at least the minimum wage their workers are entitled to.

“So we’ll continue to crack down on those who ignore the law, including by naming and shaming them.”

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